You know how some blogs grab your attention, and you find yourself obsessively poring through the archives and checking for updates? Well, every time I read Tamami’s blog, Coco & Me, I want to jump on the Eurostar, hop on over to East London’s Broadway Market, and devour her lemon drizzle cake, gâteau basque and luxury brownies.
She was generous enough to post her brownie recipe and I’ve been meaning to make them for months, but was waiting for the right occasion. That came when I was invited to a Christmas Eve soirée at one of Paris’ cutest households (man + woman + feline). The party was a blast and just the right size: large enough to have guests of varied ages and backgrounds, yet small enough to be able to really converse and maybe make new friends. I also like to see how people in different arrondissements live and check out their views. My ground-level perspective ain't bad, but their top-floor nest has a glimpse of rooftops that can only be in Paris.
I had forgotten that my toaster oven lies to me about its temperature, and was horrified when I found that the batter at the edges of the pan had burned. But fortunately, after I trimmed the edges and cleverly dusted the top with powdered sugar, the scorched areas were pretty well hidden.
Even with the overbaking, the brownies were moist and fudgy. They had a deep chocolate flavor from both cocoa powder and melted chocolate and, best of all, weren’t overly sweet. I put toasted pecans in the batter and on top.