Sunday, July 20, 2008

Best ever chocolate brownies

I have made a lot of chocolate brownies over the last few years, but this recipe (thoroughly tested on my friends and colleagues) has been by far the most enthusiastically received!

I made them without nuts, but you could add walnut pieces or even white choc chips or glace cherries.

The interior should be deliciously fudgey, whilst the top should be crisp and cracked.

Best ever chocolate brownies (makes 16 in a 9" square
brownie pan)

250g butter
225g top quality dark chocolate (I used Lindt Excellence 70%), coarsely chopped
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
225g sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to 170c and grease & line a 9" brownie pan

1) Gently heat the butter and chocolate in a bain-marie (that's a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water), stirring occasionally until it is fully melted.

2) Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into another bowl.

3) Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in another (large) bowl . Once this is mixed and the chocolate mixture has cooled slightly, pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until well combined. I whisk the eggs in my (pink!) Kitchen Aid as it means the machine stirs continuously whilst I slowly pour in the chocolate.

4) Whisk in the flour mixture, scraping down the sides so that there are no floury patches.

5) Pour the chocolatey batter into the brownie pan and put into the centre of the oven.

6) Bake for approx 35-45 minutes. The top should be slightly cracked, but a tester inserted into the cake should not come out completely clean - if it does then you've gone beyond brownie and into cake territory...

7) Cool the brownies on a rack and cut into squares. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days (assuming there are any left!)


Emiline said...

I would never turn down a brownie....I like how the top looks all crackly.
Whoops, I just typed "cracky" - I'm not sure that's a compliment.

alexthepink said...

Me too! I've tried so many recipes (Nigella's, Delia's, etc) but this is by far the best.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Mmm... I bet it was the Lindt chocolate. It's so unbelievably creamy. These brownies rock!