Tax Return Headache Brownies!
These Nigella brownies are rich, squishy and perfect for hitting that chocolate spot. They’re also flourless so ideal for those with gluten and wheat-free diets.
There is really no getting around it, is there? It has to be done. The wonderful joy that straight after Christmas, when you’re feeling all happy and life is all fabulous; the letter from HMRC drops on the doormat reminding you that the thing you’ve put off all year is due in 31 days…. Urgh!
Now, I know I can pass everything over to an accountant; I did that last year and to be honest it was the biggest farce I’ve ever been through. Only with a week before Christmas, did he even bother to tell me that actually the accounts he filed for me last year had not been made actual; and HMRC had a provisional filing on record. But that I also only had until the end of January to make it actual or face loosing anything that I’d overpaid. Regardless that I had tried to get a response from him since February last year and the only correspondence he would enter into was the paying of his invoice. So, needless to say, that this year, I have not used him; and I’ve done it myself!
That pretty much brings me up to date, and guess what after a 8 hour stint the paperwork was done, the tax return filed, and now to wait until that letter drops again in about 350 days times. In the interim I’ve been left with a massive stress headache that to be honest only chocolate, or gin, or both can remedy.
Anyway, since I’ve been back to the blog, reading and writing, I’ve been hankering to take part in a challenge, and the one that caught my eye is Maison Cupcake’s Forever Nigella.You can’t help but love a little bit of Nigella and her cranberries, especially around Christmas time. This month’s theme is ‘food to cherish your loved ones with’, in this instance it was me that required the loving (seriously 8 hours of tax return), but feeling generous I asked Ian that if there was one food that made you feel all warm and squishy inside what would it be.
Queue 10 minutes of explaining that squishy feeling to my erm… new (shouldn’t he still be feeling squishy)… husband and we had a shortlist. One which had to be vetted by both Nigella and my need for chocolate; the result being the Nigella Express flourless chocolate brownies. These brownies are squishy and perfectly gooey, giving loved ones a complete indulgence, even those with a wheat or gluten-free diet. They’re also pretty darn quick to whizz up.
Nigella’s recipe has those pesky ingredients – nuts; almond and walnuts, to be precise. I’m allergic to peanuts and brazil nuts, but whilst I don’t make a huge thing about my allergy, I do avoid all nuts in general. So this meant a substitution. I had some Doves Farm gluten-free flour in the cupboard so used that instead and added white chocolate chunks and cherries. For the chocolate sauce, I added the last of the Christmas Baileys, instead of the Camp Coffee!
Although I made some substitutions, I’m not really sure that they are enough to publish the recipe, so clicky the linky to Nigella.com or check out Nigella Express.
I’m linking these Nigella Brownies with Chocolate Sauce to Forever Nigella #22 hosted by Sally of Recipe Junkie. This month’s challenge is to blog any Nigella recipe with the theme ‘food to cherish your loved ones with‘. Forever Nigella is organised by Sarah at Maison Cupcake.