Super Bowl Sunday party
Along with Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is a venerable American tradition with a focus on food. We had to feel our own way for Thanksgiving, but our neighbours invited us over for a Super Bowl party.
This was my first time watching American football and I must admit it was pretty baffling. It seemed a bit like rugby but with more complex rules about possession and tighter definitions between offence and defence. I’d adopted the New Orleans Saints as my team for the match, since the San Francisco 49ers weren’t playing, and Scott Fujita as my favourite player. So it came down to cheering when people told me something good happened for the Saints and jeering when the opposite happened.
I’d heard a lot of fuss about Super Bowl commercials. I understand advertisers spend millions on a 30-second spot and that viewers get excited by the ads because they’re usually new and highly creative. I don’t know if it was a dud year or if I have different standards, but I thought the ads were fairly unimpressive. I may not have seen them all but my favourite was the Google “Parisian love” ad.
I decided to whip up a batch of brownies to take to the party. Who doesn’t like baked goods? And brownies are easy to make and usually a crowd pleaser.
I need not have bothered in terms of catering quantity – the tables were groaning with corn chips and dips and salads and quiches and cakes, not to mention the burgers and corn dogs being cooked outside. Despite this, the brownies were a hit – we ate half of a huge batch, and I’m sending my husband to the office tomorrow with the rest.
I based my brownies on the recipe in Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess. My main adaptation was to use macadamias (and a few cashews to make up the 300g) rather than walnuts. I also supplemented the white sugar with a bit of raw sugar, mainly because it’s what I had in the cupboard.
I think the quality of ingredients is key to awesome brownies so I used Ghirardelli chocolate and Straus butter. The other important thing is not to overcook the brownies as they can easily become dry.
Did you watch the game? What did you eat?
Chocolate macadamia brownie recipe
375g unsalted butter
375g good quality dark chocolate
6 large eggs
1 tbs vanilla extract
500g white sugar
225g plain flour
1 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F. Line a baking tray with foil or parchment.
Chop the macadamias in half or smaller.
Melt the butter and chocolate together.
Beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla in a bowl or wide-brimmed measuring jug.
Measure the flour and salt into another bowl.
When the chocolate mixture has melted, allow to cool a little. Then stir in the eggs and sugar, then the nuts and flour. Combine smoothly.
Scrape out of the saucepan into the pan and bake for 25 minutes.
It’s done when the top has dried but the middle is still gooey. Bear in mind that it will keep cooking as it cools and brownies are generally better underdone than overcooked.
Slice into pieces. Makes a maximum of 48.