My ideal chocolate brownie is rich and dark with has a crisp, meringue-like exterior, a slight chewiness and a moist, fudgy centre. This is the 'Best ever brownie' . . . my personal opinion of course :)
I have made several variations on this recipe over the years . . . my favourites are triple chocolate chip and orange & pistachio . . . I will get around to adding these in case you are already drooling in anticipation?!
I have to tell you that this is not my usual style of recipe, particularly for this blog . . . the chocolate part is of course right on track . . . but the fat and sugar content! But hey, what is life without the occasional indulgence! Go on treat yourself . . . . you won't regret it I promise!
250g butter, cut into chunks
275g good quality dark chocolate (or use half 70% + half milk chocolate)
400g raw caster sugar or sucanat . . . I know, I know
4 large eggs
180g plain flour (white spelt preferably)
50g raw cacao powder
- Preheat fan forced oven to 175°C. Line base and two sides of a large rectangular pan (20 x 30cm) with a sheet of baking paper. For best results use a light coloured pan or glass dish.
- Break the chocolate up into pieces and add to the TM bowl. Grate for 5 seconds on speed 8.
- Add butter and melt with the chocolate for about 1-2 minutes at 60°C on speed 3 until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and velvety.
- Add eggs and mix to combine on speed 3 for 5 seconds.
- Add sugar and mix on speed 5 for 20 seconds, or until well combined.
- Add flour and raw cacao and mix on speed 5-6 for 10 seconds until just combined. Do not over-mix.
- Pour the gloriously gooey mix into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until the surface is shiny and cracked and the mixture no longer wobbles when shaken. It may be slightly sticky when tested with a skewer.
- Place the pan onto a wire rack and allow to completely cool before cutting into squares to serve. If you can't wait that long, there's certainly nothing wrong with digging into a warm, gooey brownie :) Enjoy as is, or served with a dusting of icing sugar and/or a dollop of cream or scoop of good quality vanilla ice-cream to cut the richness. Best eaten fresh :)
- melt the butter & chocolate in the microwave
- beat the eggs and sugar in a separate bowl using an electric mixer until light and creamy
- fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture
- sift the flour and cocoa over the liquid and mix until just combined
For the health nuts . . . I promise that some healthier variations will follow shortly! LOL
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