Chocolate Brownies are an old favourite of mine, having first baked them during a school trip with primary school and was hooked from there on in.
I do find Brownies are a bit hit and miss, I like them really fudgy and chewy but it’s actually quite hard to get them just right, especially the chewiness, which generally remains elusive. Often, they are just too sloppy and have to go back in the oven for 10 minutes. Having said that, they do need to be slightly undercooked to get that ‘fudginess’.
Prep: 10min › Bake: 35min › Cooling 20min › Ready in 1 hr.
What you’ll need
2x large bowls (one should be heat-proof)
Electric hand-held whisk
150 g best dark chocolate
3 medium eggs
125 g unsalted butter
300 g caster sugar (or soft brown)
75 g plain Flour
40 g cocoa powder (Dutch-processed is preferable)
Dash of Vanilla Essence
Icing sugar for sprinkling
- Heat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4
- Grease and line your tin (about 20cm square) with baking parchment.
- Break up the chocolate and place it with the butter into a microwavable bowl and carefully melt it either in the microwave (or use the Bain Marie method) if you prefer. I use the microwave but do watch out as it can burn quite quickly.
- Place the eggs and sugar in a separate large bowl and whisk together until pale and a thick-ish consistency.
- Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture
- Sift in the flour and cocoa powder gently folding it in with a spoon. Don’t over mix at this point.
- If you’re adding nuts/dates do so now.
- spoon the mixture into the lined tin. Smooth with the back of a spoon and place into the centre of the oven.
Bake the brownies for 35 minutes or until they have formed a nice crust on top which (hopefully will crack) in traditional brownie style. Place foil over the top if you need to to stop it burning. My oven tends to scorch the top a little so I will pace foil over the top after 15 mins or so. When cooked the Brownie should be a bit squidgy in the middle, but it will continue cooking for a while as it cools, so don’t overcook it or it will lose its fudgy texture and become cake-like.
Leave the brownies cooling for 20 minutes, then cut them into squares. If you like you can sprinkle some icing sugar on top.
Serve with Ice cream, cream, (or both).
Please see individual packets for nutritional info.