Saturday, May 14, 2011

Best. Brownies. Evah.

I have to say this up front. If you are looking for cakey Brownies this recipe is not for you.

I'll never understand the cakey brownie. If I wanted cakey I'd make a cake. Or maybe cupcakes. Brownies are for when you want sticky, chewy, bittersweet rich yumminess. When you want that top that cracks as they cool, and the edges with the almost overcooked burnt sugary goodness. When you want that barely set, melt in the mouth deliciousness.

I've been making these brownies for many many years, and they never disappoint.

You need:

- 125g butter
- 45g cocoa powder (and for goodness sake get the good stuff!)
- 2 eggs
- 250g caster sugar
- 60g SR flour

Preheat your oven to 180 C.

First up, melt the butter over a low heat in a small saucepan. Once it's melted I use a pastry brush to spread some of the melted butter on my slice tray (which is silicone, but I find the heavy duty sugary things can still stick). Mix in the cocoa and set it aside to cool.

Beat the eggs until they are oh so light and fluffy. I use electric beaters. If you have better arms than me (likely!) you can do it by hand. Whatever. Slowly add in the caster sugar whilst you continue beating until it is quite a stiff mixture.

This is my favourite bit. Add the cocoa/butter mixture and watch it sink to the bottom. My kids think this is ace... good springboard for chats about density and weight.

Gently mix it all together and make pretty patterns as it all combines. Once the cocoa/butter and egg mixtures are completely mixed gently fold in the SR flour.

At this stage you can add anything else you like in your Brownies. Walnuts are good, as are frozen raspberries (especially if your kids don't like them because then you get to eat it all yourself!).

Pour the mixture into your slice pan. Not sure that this actually merits a photo. But I took one so you get to see it anyway.

Bake for 35 minutes or so. When you pull it out it might seem a little bit jiggly still. Jiggly is good, you want it barely set in the middle. Well I do. You may want it fully set. In which case leave it in for another 5 minutes.

The top will continue to crack and the whole thing will shrink as it cools. This is a good thing. Trust me. Let it cool for 5-10 mins before attempting to turn it out of your pan. Eat the crunchy bits that stick to the pan. They are the best!

Slice up and eat!! Gorgeous served warm with icecream. Delicious on their own. Make sure you secretly save the crunchiest corner bits for yourself. Tell the kids they aren't the best bits because look how ugly they are. Works. Trufax.

I'm sharing this recipe over at Help! Mum who is gathering an awesome collection of morning tea ideas. Pop over and be inspired!!


  1. Yay! I'm gonna make these to surprise J tomorrow! As in "surprise, I'm not completely useless in the kitchen!" hehe!

    Thanks for sharing. Love you xxx

  2. I had all the ingredients, they are now cooking in oven mmmm should hopefully cheer up the stuck inside sickies.

  3. OMG Yum.. just yum. Can I change my pie order for a brownie order??? LOL

  4. I love your brownies...I have the recipe from ages ago but I don't even bother beating the eggs. Also something yummy I do is add in some frozen raspberries at the end :). But tastes better after refrigeration in that case.

  5. Think I'm definitely going to be baking this afternoon..These look so scrummy!

    Thanx you

  6. I'm giving this one a go! I've been looking for a good brownie recipe without chocolate in it (because it makes it more expensive and because I don't always have chocolate lying around, that would be dangerous!). I might even try it tonight! Yum!

  7. MMM like I really need more brownies ...but anything goes when you need a pick me up and you have no chocolate but a box of cocoa.

    I'll put it on my FB too ...cause sharing is good right !

  8. Brownies have to be my all time fave.. and this recipe looks fabulous. Yes, must be chewy, not cakey!

  9. I think you nailed it in one word Kate: chewy. It must be chewy to go for seconds...

  10. I cooked them and yes they most certainly are delicious. By far the best brownie recipe I have found in a long long time.

    Thank you :-)

  11. I will be buying SR flour tonight! (I seriously don't know where it goes here...)


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