Brownies are a ‘thing’. Everyone reckons they have the best secret recipe. Every chef I’ve worked with has a chocolate brownie recipe that they don’t want to share and they believe is better than yours, me included. But mine really is good! Everyone also steals brownie recipes and claim them as their own. We even had a competition at work a few years back to settle it once and for all. I won (thankfully) but then one of the competitors forgot to add flour and eggs to his recipe so not a huge challenge/achievement!
When I was little my mother had a cookbook from harrods, it had a white cover and a lovely gilt edge to it. My sister and I would make only one thing from it, brownies. The book naturally fell open on its recipe and over time the pages became sticky and gross with aged drops of ingredients. We’d cook them for 15 mins in the aga and the middle would be so uncooked it sometimes fell straight through the cooling wire. I don’t know where the book is now, thrown out i imagine and with it the recipe. So here is mine, that I stole from someone else 15 years ago!
We had these on the weekend, warm straight from the oven with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream swiftly followed by the biggest sugar meltdown ever. Sometimes the best things are the simplest and natually never the healthiest!
Chocolate browniePrint Recipe
- 16oz caster sugar (yes really)
- 8oz butter
- 6oz chocolate (70% min, dark, broken into pieces)
- 4oz plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- sea salt
Melt the butter, sugar and chocolate over a pan over hot water.
Crack in the eggs and stir
Sift the flour and baking powder and fold into the chocolate mixture
Season with a pinch of sea salt
Line a rectangular baking tin/tray with parchment. Use a baking tray that has high sides as this will rise as it cooks
Bake at 180oC for approx 30 mins or until there is no wobble when you shake the tray.
Try adding salted macadamia nuts to the mix. Fold in with the flour so they get a nice coating of flour, otherwise they will sink to the bottom of the mix.