Monday, June 24th, 2013
There’s no way of putting this modestly, these are the best brownies you will ever taste. Ever. Rich, gooey and decidedly naughty, you won’t find a more delicious brownie anywhere. In fact, just writing this is enough to make me want to whip up another batch. They trump any dry, bland, tasteless, overpriced imposter you’ll find in a chain coffee shop.They’re probably better for you too. Well, they’re still choc full of calories, fat and sugar but there aren’t any additives or other nasties. Plus, it only costs about £2 to make a whole batch.
To make on tray’s worth, you need:
100g unsalted butter
50g cocoa powder
225g caster sugar
50g self raising flour
Firstly, grease and line a medium sized tray and turn your oven to 180 Celsius or Gas Mark 4.
Then, put your butter into a microwave proof bowl and microwave it until it’s all melted, this usually takes about a minute, depending on your microwave.
Meanwhile, beat your eggs and mix in the sugar.
Once the butter has melted, mix it with the cocoa powder before adding it to the egg and sugar mix along with the flour and vanilla extract.
At this point you can add things like popping candy, for childhood nostalgia moments; salted caramel, for feeling like a grown up; or if you’re feeling really luxurious, brandy soaked cherries or prunes.
Make sure that everything is really well mixed and then pour the lot into your tray and put it in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
I like my brownies to be really gooey, in my family we call them squodge, so I tend to take them out after about 20 minutes. If you prefer brownies to be a little firmer, more like cake, leave them in for longer.
When you take the tray out of the oven , you should have something like this:
Leave it to cool for a few minutes before carefully removing it from the tray and leaving it on a wire rack to cool completely. Once it’s completely cool slice it into portions, one tray usually makes anything between 6 and 12 brownies, depending on how big you want them to be.
Serve with a giant mug of tea or coffee.
The recipe isn’t just for brownies either. I’ve used it to make birthday cakes, loaf cakes and even served it as a hot chocolate pudding. Experiment with it and let me know what you come up with!