At one point in Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler points out that London is January can indeed be very depressing. Not that she pines away for her native New Jersey, but still – she’s right that without the charming Christmas decorations which made London look so cheerful during December, the bad weather and short days make it quite difficult to keep a positive attitude. Every day feels like a day to snuggle under my duvet with a mug of hot chocolate. It makes me miss my childhood home near Philadelphia – the snow has a lovely feeling and there’s much less walking to public transport and shivering in the drizzle! As a result, I’m trying to come up with happy food combinations to keep myself a bit cheerful!
This one was inspired by the banana cream pudding mix I had in my cupboard. I’d previously used a bit for my banoffee cookies (which were a success) and so brownies seemed like the next logical step. I was a bit worried about how these would turn out, but apparently they were snapped up by my favourite taste testers at Beardy Fiance’s workplace. Always a good sign.
Banana Chocolate Chip Brownies (adapted from Allrecipes.com)
400g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, melted
60g cocoa powder
4 tablespoons banana cream pudding mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
225g plain flour
Chocolate chips to taste