A visit to the National Gallery filled the day today, the building is being renovated and we have a small child in tow so a short visit is necessary, a visit to see the best assembled into one exhibition- Masterpieces from the Collection. There are loads of memories for me on those walls stretching back as far as primary school when we were taken in on school trips to see the paintings. Eva loved any pictures with the ‘baby Jesus’ in them and I had my breath taken away (again) by Caravaggio’s ‘The Taking of Christ’. Lunch in the restaurant disappointed though, room is great, shame about the food.
Home through the lasing rain ..the leftovers from a roast chicken made the perfect food for a day like today. .. hot Thai curry with rice and crispy shallots. In the meantime I filled the house with the smells of home baking because what else do you do when the rain pours. Homemade Granola to keep us going during the week, Coconut and Lime roulade for a party tomorrow and best of all, Brownies with Peanut butter icing.
Brownie Cookies with peanut butter frosting
Preheat oven to 180C
350gr good chocolate chopped
1 tsp vanilla
40 gr flour – I used dove gluten free white flour mix
¼ tsp baking powder
Melt 200gr of the chocolate with the butter gently and stir until smooth
Place eggs, sugar and vanilla into mixer and whisk until pale and creamy – about 10 mins
Fold in sieved flour, baking powder
Stir in melted chocolate mix and remaining chocolate
Spoon tablespoons onto baking trays lined with parchment
Bake for about 8 minutes until puffed and cracked. Make sure not to overbake as it needs to be lovely and gooey
For the peanut butter frosting beat 5 tablespoons of peanut butter with 100gr icing sugar and 40mls cream together until thick. Sandwich the biscuits together and enjoy sparingly after a really long walk in the rain, a trek up a mountain or a good workout!