Sunday Supper Club – The Townie

30/11/2013 | 0

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On a cold winter’s day, there’s nothing better than staying home, putting the oven on and baking some homemade treats to enjoy with a cup of tea (or  perhaps some mulled wine? It is almost Christmas after all!). If that sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon for you, then this simple, yet oh-so-tasty Townie recipe is a treat that you must try. 


To bring you the first in this new Saturday Supper Club series, we have Rachel from cookery school Rachel’s Kitchen. Rachel not only graduated in Cuisine and Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, but has also worked with some of London’s most inspiring chefs at Galvin Bistro de Luxe in Baker Street, and Lanka Patisserie in Primrose Hill. Take it away Rachel…..


Rachel’s Kitchen:

We’ve all heard of the cronut (although I have yet to taste one), but have you tried a duffin or a townie? I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of either until I had a request to teach a townie for a private class, by a client more current on baking trends than I am.


Townies, which Google reveals to be brownie tarts, were started by Bea’s of Bloomsbury, and the recipe remains a closely guarded secret. Having recipe tested my own version of townies using my favourite pastry and brownie recipes combined, I declare them wonderful!


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Brownies are one of the easiest things you can bake, and this does detract from the ‘mix, bake, serve’ process by adding pastry and blind baking, but the results are so fantastic that I think it’s worth it.


What can go wrong with flaky pastry and gooey brownie combined? Exactly… So give these a go and you will not only wow your friends with your baking, but also on your up to the minute finger on the baking pulse trendiness. Go!


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Chocolate Orange Townies

Makes 10



For the pastry:

  •  250g plain flour
  • 200g butter, slightly softened, cut into small pieces
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks


For the filling:

  • 140g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 120g unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 90g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Mini tart tins, 10cm diameter



  • For the pastry, heap the flour on the work surface and make a large well in the centre. Place the butter, icing sugar and salt in the well, and cream the three ingredients together with your fingertips.
  • Add the egg yolks and delicately work them in with your fingertips.
  • Bit by bit, draw the flour into the centre and rub the mixture between your fingertips until the dough comes together. Knead 3 or 4 times until completely smooth, then roll into a ball, wrap with cling film and rest in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to 3mm thickness, and cut out rounds slightly larger than the tart tin diameter. Place the rounds into the tart tin, and press the dough gently into the tin. Roll over the edge with a rolling pin to trim the excess pastry. If you have time, rest for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  • Prick the pastry bases with a fork, and line with baking paper and baking beans. Bake for 5-10 minutes, making sure that the edges don’t colour too quickly.
  • Remove the paper and baking beans (being careful as they will be hot) and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the base is lightly golden.
  • Meanwhile for the filling, place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave until melted and smooth.
  • Remove from the heat. Add the sugar, flour and orange zest and stir until well mixed. Then stir in the eggs with the orange zest, and mix until thick and smooth.
  • Pour the filling into the tart shells, and bake for 5 minutes at 180˚C. Reduce the heat to 140˚C and bake for a further 5 minutes, or until flaky on the top and soft in the centre.
  • Leave to cool in the tins before turning them out and serving with whipped cream…


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