Novel Nibbles

The Scorpio Races: The Brownies

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
Who wants to lick the spoon?


Post by Caroline


  • Sarah

    Those brownies look delicious! I may have to try making those as well as the November Cakes. I haven’t even bought the ingredients yet so I really must look at the recipie again & see what I need. I’ll let you know when I get around to doing my post :o)

  • Jen (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)

    Oh my gosh!! Those look amazing. Me thinks those are next on my list of things to make. Those look more difficult than the November Cakes and I don’t know why.

    Also, wanted to let you know that you can totally substitute something else for the honey in the November Cakes. Technically they won’t ooze honey and butter, but they should still be yummy. I don’t know where you are located, but Blue Agave would make a perfect substitute. If you don’t have that, I’d probably try dark or light Karo Syrup. I use light Karo Syrup for Carmel sauce on popcorn, but the dark Karo Syrup may have a better flavor for November Cakes. I’d see which flavor you like better. 1st I’d go with Blue Agave though. It’s super yummy! You can’t just leave out the honey though. You need a base for the brown sugar and butter. Also, if you ever want to talk baking, email me. I love throwing ideas off people! 😀

  • Artemis

    Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite writers. I love the brownies and I think I will make a try with this recipe.

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