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Small Man’s latest passion is Gin Rummy.

I’ve had great fun playing with him – we try to sneak in a game whenever we can find a spare moment.  It reminds me of university, when we used to play a hand of cards in the five minutes between lectures.

Today, he was keen to play before school, but I needed to bake a large batch of brownies and time was short.  As I often do when I’m in a rush, I made Nick Malgieri’s supernatural brownies.  These use two mixing bowls, a whisk and a spatula – there’s no need to drag out the Kenwood or KitchenAid.

Out of curiosity, I set the timer to see how long the whole process would take.  There was no cheating – I included the time it took to get the ingredients out of the fridge and pantry, line the baking tray and preheat the oven.  Of course, I had everything on hand – I didn’t have to run down to the shops for butter, or harass the chickens (when I make chocolate mousse and want super-fresh eggs, I’ve been known to stand by their coop and implore them to lay).

All up, from start to putting the baking pan in the oven, the process took a leisurely 13 minutes and 25 seconds, excluding washing up.  It then needed another 35 minutes of baking time (but only got 30) and time to cool on the bench before slicing.  Mine were a little undercooked today, as I had to pull them out early as we were leaving for school.  They’re slightly less set than I would have liked, although they did firm up as they cooled (top photo). Pete’s just told me he prefers them this way!

I’m sure I have faster brownie recipes – some of the saucepan brownies are particularly speedy – but this recipe makes a large quantity, which was specifically what I was after today.  Best of all, everyone loves them, and Small Man and I managed two hands of gin rummy before school!

Click here for the recipe for Supernatural Brownies

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