Fabulously Fudgy Brownies

fabulously fudgy brownies

I’ve missed you. I got a cold and then John was very unwell and as my good friend Judith says, “Maureen, your first duty of care is to yourself.” She scolds me when I put everyone ahead of John and me. Not this week. I’ve been a dutiful wife.

We’ve had a few laughs though. Early last week I decided to be bad and went out for fast food. John was asleep when I left so I figured I’d go to the next town to get the one I wanted. Turned out to be a dumb decision.

After I got the food my car wouldn’t start. I called John and no answer. His mobile phone was turned off too. I wasn’t in the happiest mood. I figured I’d walk to the bus stop and take the bus home.

I’m waving like crazy at the bus driver as he drove right past me as if I were invisible. So I walked all the way home. It was a long walk.

That’s not the funny bit.

As I was walking under a row of trees I heard all sorts of racket above my head and it was BATS. yes, bats. I started walking a bit faster and then the biggest pile of bat poop landed on my head. Gross!

It wasn’t funny then but it gets funnier in the telling.

Fast forward to yesterday afternoon. I was sweeping the patio and in the palm tree above me were two crows giving each other hell and yes, one of the bastards pooped on my head.

Now bat poop didn’t smell but crow poop? I couldn’t get in the shower fast enough. John tried really hard not to laugh at me but he failed. He was standing right next to me – it was his turn for pete’s sake!

What I needed then was a brownie, a nice fudgy brownie full of walnuts. Just like this.

fabulously fudgy brownies

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Fabulously Fudgy Brownies
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Fudgy, barely undercooked brownies filled with chocolate chips and walnut pieces. Heaven.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 1-1/3 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350C
  2. In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix to combine.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Don't overmix.
  5. Spread in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan greased and lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Slightly underbaked leaves the brownies very fudgy.

Charlie the Oodle

Now those of you who’ve been following me for a while and know my good friend Charlie.  He has his own Instagram account now.  It was only created yesterday and already he’s got some delightful followers.  Sally_the_cavoodle, buzzandthepigs, and imcharliethecavoodle were his first followers.  If you’d like to share the love, he’s charlietheoodle.

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  1. says

    That was one gross and funny experience, Maureen! But some cultural folklore believes when you dream of or step on poop or get pooped on (eow!), it’ll bring you good luck. And that’s probably why you got rewarded with a really fab fudgy brownie that looks sooo chewy and delicious. Charlie’s cute in that pic, too!

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  2. says

    Ooo Maureen… Ok I gotta confess I did laugh a little bit… Really just a little bit…:) But what a day you had! Definitely a good reason to eat that entire batch of brownies!

  3. says

    Thanks Maureen, I need one of those good old chuckles, not that your story is funny at the time it was happening but later on I am sure one day you will look back on this day with fond memories. I really think that all of life’s problems can be solved with chocolate and boy oh boys these brownies look amazing.(Just pinned that so I can make these later, we need lots of chocolate around here during exam time) Charlie is a sweetheart and I have been enjoying your photos of him on instagram, especially the one of him jumping into the lake. Great shot! Have a super week. BAM

  4. says

    Oh how funny Maureen- when it doesn’t happen to me! My Dad got pooped on by a fruit bat all down his white sport jacket and it was never the same again. I hope your week improved, your fantabulous brownies look like just the pick-me-up needed after that type of experience :)

  5. says

    Hi Maureen, I hope you are doing well!
    You made me laugh so much as I was reading your story!
    It was lunch time and there was no nobody in the open space so I could laugh as I wanted.
    Poor Maureen! There are some days, you don’t know really why, every thing is against you right?
    I’am a huge fan of your fudgy brownies and you are right there are fabulous!
    Take good care of you

  6. says

    You are one brave woman, Maureen. If I saw a tree full of bats I probably would have screamed and ran in the opposite direction…Unless one of them magically turned into Alexander Skarsgard 😉 …moving right along. Those brownies! 😀 All that fudgy goodness is irresistible. Sooo heavenly.

    And OMG. Charlie has is own Instagram?! ^_^ I will be following…I should probably get Inka on Instagram so they can follow one another 😉


  7. says

    Maureen, I’m so sorry to hear about your aerial troubles and cold and car problems, too, but these brownies seem like the perfect way to cope with the madness! Birds have it out for me as well, but I’ve never had a run-in with a bat. (Keep your fingers crossed!)
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  8. says

    Okay, I need a tall glass of milk right now. Your brownies look divine. I will sink my teeth into one anytime. You dog is so cute. I have 9 month Labradoodle and she is a cutie. You inspired me to open her Instagram account!

  9. says

    Sorry about the struggles. Hope everyone is feeling better. I remember visiting Port Douglas and being astonished at the huge bats just hanging out in the trees. I’d want one of your decadent fudgy brownied to cheer me up too.

  10. says

    Oh my gosh – you’re totally hilarious! First the incredibly awful yet outrageously funny story of being ill, walking home and getting pooped on (twice!!) – I mean, how low can things get all in one series of events?!?!? And then Charlie gets his own Instagram! For sure what you need to cheer you up/celebrate a dog on Instagram is brownies! (Well, actually brownies are pretty much what you need for any occasion, right?!?) These look completely amazing! And hey – I do sure hope that this coming week is better …
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  11. says

    Oh dear, it really wasn’t your day. I hate it when bus drivers have tunnel vision! However… dunno about bat poop, Maureen, but bird poop is supposed to be lucky! Quick buy a lottery ticket!

    Anyway, alls well that ends well and I couldn’t think of a finer ending than these brownies. Good call for a spirit-lifting treat!

  12. says

    How unlucky were you to get pooped on by a bat and a crow. Good to know about the crow poo as I sit under a tree each afternoon with them usually sitting in the top – I might find a new spot. Those brownies look awesomely fudgy I really wanted some the other day and still yet to make them to give me the fix that I need. Will have to give them a whirl. Hope you are well otherwise.

  13. says

    What a lovely chocolate brownie recipe, this reminds I haven’t cooked brownies, well, this year 😀 I will cook yours Maureen. Unbelievable about receiving two poops, dare I say it comes in threes? Seriously, they say being pooped on is good luck, so go with your double bout of good luck 😀

  14. says

    Holy cow do those look fudgy!!! Just the way I like my brownies :) Haha, omg, what a story…you know what they say though, it’s good luck when a bird poops on you! I wonder if the same holds true for bath poo…you’ll have to let us know 😉

  15. says

    I lost my favourite brownie recipe so I’m going to print thi sone out and I’ll give it a whirl – I’m looking for that elusive fudging gooey thing!!

  16. says

    Hello Maureen! I’m so glad Sally gave us the teaser — I had to get the poop scoop directly from you and frankly, reading about Charlie’s IG account just about had me in spasms… maybe it’s the photo? Beyond adorable and these fudgy, slightly undercooked brownies are just what the dung doctor ordered :)


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