Deciding what to make for an office shared lunch can be quite a challenge. You certainly don’t want your colleagues to think you are incompetent in the kitchen (even if you are, some things should be kept out of the office) but you also don’t want to get too complex. No one likes a show off, or to be accused of trying to pass off a shop-bought item as one of their own. Then there’s the added issue of actually getting the food to the office – there’s no way I’m carting anything bigger than a standard sized tupperware box across London on three tube changes and a bus ride. Yeah, my commute is worse than yours; I know.
Given the list of dietary requirements, general likes and dislikes, and the scrutiny of some discerning diners in your midst, I would recommend you do what I do and play it safe. Chocolate brownies are the answer; a guaranteed crowdpleaser. If by chance there is someone in your team who doesn’t like chocolate brownies, someone else will no doubt be rubbing their hands together with delight because that means there’s another one going spare…
Gooey Chocolate Brownies (adapted from Inspired Taste)
(makes 16 brownies)
- 145g butter
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 cup soft brown sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- raspberries (optional)
Preheat your oven to 160c and line a 20x20cm baking tin with baking paper.
Combine the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa in a mixing bowl and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Mix until the butter has melted and everything is combined – at this point it will look a little grainy, that’s fine.
Remove the bowl from the saucepan and allow the mixture to cool so you don’t end up with scrambled egg brownies. Add the vanilla and eggs – mix well until smooth and glossy.
Add the flour and walnuts (optional) and mix until well combined.
Pour into the tin and place the raspberries on top (optional). Bake for 30 minutes – there should be a crust on the outer while the centre will still be moist and gooey. Cook for a further 5 -10 minutes if you want a firmer, cakier texture.
Leave to cool before slicing and packing into that handbag friendly tupperware and away you go…
The best part about these chocolate brownies is that they are dead easy to make – if I can throw it together after a long commute and still be in bed by 10pm, so can you! We quite often add walnuts and raspberries (ingenious move by a certain someone) but you can honestly add in whatever else takes your fancy – chocolate chunks or dollops of caramel are my next moves!
Do you have an easy go-to recipe for those office shared lunches?
Or even better, do you have another great chocolate brownies recipe to share with me?