I recently had the opportunity to meet my favourite YA author, Maggie Stiefvater, as she toured the UK promoting her latest book The Scorpio Races.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.Read my thoughts on The Scorpio Races: here!
The lovely Sarah at feeling fictional has written a comprehensive report, on the delicious brunch we shared and the fantastic Foyles event, which you can view HERE.
Maggie described receiving the phone call informing her that the film rights to The Scorpio Races had been optioned (read it HERE), during the course of the phone call she managed to ruin a batch of chocolate ganache covered brownies.
The Brownies captured the rooms attention almost as much as the film news. Ever the obliging author, Maggie posted the recipe over on her facebook page .
You can check out the original recipe HERE . For the benefit of non-American followers we have translated the recipe in to English. Of course we had to ensure that the translation resulted in edible confection. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it!
The Translation: The Ingredients
12oz of plain chocolate ( we used 50% coco solids) 5 1/2 oz unsalted Butter 10oz Caster Sugar 3 Large Eggs 1 1/2Teaspoons(tsp) Vanilla Extract( the good stuff people not the essence rubbish) 1/4 tsp Salt 5oz Plain flour 100g Bag of Walnuts 180mls Double Cream Pre-heat oven 180c or Gas mark 4
Roll up your sleeves
Give your hands a wash!
Melting half the chocolate with the butter.
Combining the chocolate/butter mixture with the egg/sugar/salt/vanilla mix
Sifting and folding in the flour
Stirring in the Walnuts
and stir a bit more!
Ready for the oven
Melting the other half of the chocolate in to the warmed cream
Pouring the ganache on to the cooked, cooled brownie