Thanks to all the votes on my Facebook page, here is my deliciously gooey chocolate brownie recipe. The golden rule is to use the best quality ingredients you can afford / get your hands on. Clear some space in the kitchen, get all your ingredients and equipment out before starting, preheat the oven and ENJOY it! If you have any questions or require conversions etc, just ask in the comments below and let me know how they come out when you give it a try!
Makes: 20 rich, delicious squares.
Chocolate Brownie Recipe Ingredients:
225g dark chocolate (70%), chopped
250g unsalted butter
2tsp instant coffee
325g light soft brown sugar (or caster sugar, or a mixture of both!)
4 eggs (large)
1tsp vanilla extract
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
75g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
80g chopped nuts (optional) I used pecans, but walnuts, hazelnuts, or a mixture would also add a lovely texture.
- Preheat the oven to: 350 degrees F / 190 degrees C / 175 Degrees C Fan oven / Gas 5. Grease a deep 8″ square roasting tin and line with baking parchment, leaving enough paper overhanging to lift your heavenly brownies out later.
- Put the butter, coffee granules and 175g of the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of just simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) and stir occasionally until melted and glossy. Take off the heat.
- While your chocolate is melting, put the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and beat well for several minutes until thick.
- Add the chocolate mixture and beat to combine.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt and fold into the mixture with the remaining 50g of chopped chocolate and nuts (if using) until combined.
- Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes. Check after 30 mins using a skewer inserted into the middle. It needs to be a bit sticky, but if it is thickly coated in raw mixture – resist the temptation to get a spoon and dig in – and give it a few more minutes.
- Allow to cool completely in the tin then cut into 20 squares (or 25 if you’ve got lots of friends waiting at the front door!).
These are delicious, although very rich, on their own – perhaps with a cup of tea or coffee.? Or you could gently re-heat for a few mins and serve with a few fresh berries and whipped cream, ice cream or creme fraiche as a decadent dessert. However you choose to devour them, ENJOY every lip-smacking, hip-sticking moment of your delectable chocolatey baking effort!
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