"Baking is the less applauded of the cooking arts, whereas restaurants are a male province to be celebrated. There's something intrinsically misogynistic about decrying a tradition because it has always been female.
I'm not being entirely facetious when I say it's a feminist tract." -- Nigella Lawson
So Nigella -- respect. You're right. Baking in a feminist act and we should embrace it. Embrace baking, knitting, flowers, and pink and fluffy things.
Anyway, if you want to read more feminist articles, check out my friends' blog: Fiery Females. I should just stick to writing about food and my daily dramas.
Recipe from Nigella. The original recipe has a chocolate sauce to accompany it, but dear, dear Nigella, let's just take it easy on our waistline and arteries here, the brownies are alone are enough.
225g dark chocolate
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
200g caster sugar
150g ground almonds
100g cashews, or another nut, roughly chopped
-Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3. Melt the chocolate and butter gently over a low heat in a heavy-based saucepan.
-Take the pan off the heat, mix in the vanilla and sugar, and let it cool a little.
-Beat the eggs into the pan along with the ground almonds and chopped walnuts. Turn into a 24cm square baking tin or, most sensibly, use a foil one.
-Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, by which time the top will have set but the mixture will still be gooey. Once cooler, cut carefully, four down, four across, into 16 squidgybellied squares.