The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

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(152 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Makes 12
Angela gives these rich treats a makeover, with a magic ingredient to reduce the fat content...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per brownie

  • kcal191
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.28g
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Ingredients

  • 85g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces
  • 85g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp coffee granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g mayonnaise (I used Hellman's)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Pour enough water into a small pan to one-third fill it. Bring to the boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Put the chopped chocolate into a large bowl that will fit snugly over the pan without touching the water. Sit the pan over the water (still off the heat) and leave the chocolate to melt slowly for a few mins, stirring occasionally until it has melted evenly. Remove the bowl from the pan, then let the chocolate cool slightly.

  2. Meanwhile, lightly oil and base-line a 19cm square cake tin that is 5cm deep. Combine the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda. Using a wooden spoon, stir both the sugars into the cooled chocolate with the coffee, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir in 1 tbsp warm water. Break and beat in the egg, then stir in the mayonnaise just until smooth and glossy. Sift over the flour and cocoa mix, then gently fold in with a spatula without overmixing.

  3. Pour the mixture into the tin, then gently and evenly spread it into the corners. Bake for 30 mins. When a skewer is inserted into the middle, it should come out with just a few moist crumbs sticking to it. If cooked too long, the mix will dry out; not long enough and it can sink. Leave in the tin until completely cold, then loosen the sides with a round-bladed knife. Turn out onto a board, peel off the lining paper and cut into 12 squares.

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lucianne95
18th Dec, 2016
5.05
Best brownie recipe I've ever tried, and my housemates have now started using mayonnaise for cooking too. These always disappear in half an hour even though I make double the amount suggested here. Great recipe!
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goodfoodteam
11th Aug, 2016
Thanks for your question. The answer is yes, you can freeze these brownies. We mark all our freezable recipes with a blue star, you can find this underneath the Facebook and social medial symbols at the top of the recipe. If it's not there, it's not freezable. Hope this helps!
fizzh89
3rd Jul, 2016
5.05
Never made chocolate brownies before, but tried this recipe yesterday, and wanted to add my voice to the rating of 5 stars. It's absolutely divine. Kids love it, tried it with some vanilla ice-cream yesterday, totally delicious! Will be making a couple of batches for a gathering of 23 I'm cooking for at the end of the month, and plan to serve it with ice cream. Thank you for this recipe, I'm sure I'll be making it again and again.........! PS was easy to make too!
Mummyofboys
12th Apr, 2016
5.05
Made this in super quick time this evening. The boys were horrified when I put the mayonnaise in and were determined not to like them but unfortunately they did. So I have to share them. Also used light mayo as recommended and used xylitol in place of sugar. They taste delicious.
pippa154
28th Jan, 2016
5.05
I made these for the first time yesterday, they were perfect! It did feel weird putting mayonnaise in, but hey ho, they taste goooood! I didn't have the right size tin but threw caution to the wind and used a 30cm x 9cm x 3cm tin and it worked great. 30 mins was perfect for me. Although they aren't gooey on the inside, they are so soft and moorish. I will probably put choc chunks or nuts in next time to add a bit of crunch.
salhumbie
24th Oct, 2015
Great recipe but made to look a lot more difficult than it actually is with such a long winded explanation of every step! Instead of 185 of dark chocolate, I used 100g of dark chocolate, 40g of milk chocolate and added a spoonful of golden syrup when I added the chocolate and butter to eggy mousse mix. I also added 1tsp of baking powder to the flour. Instead of 50g of milk and 50g of white choc I used 100g of terrys milk chocolate orange....they were so good, my hubby and his friends were bickering over who would get the last one at a poker night!
lynher
15th Jun, 2015
Great recipe. A fairly economical brownie, not loads of chocolate and eggs. I did use slightly more cocoa powder [40g] and only had skimmed milk instead of buttermilk. It was a thick mix, not pourable. Result was just moist enough and chocolatey. I will be making these again.
Buckingham Belle
12th Jul, 2014
I have just made these and divided into cupckaes and I am waiting to see the result. Slightly worried as in the recipe it says pour into cake tin - my mixture was not purable and I followed it to the letter????!!!!! eeeeeeeeek!
sophiebeynon
28th Feb, 2014
These are absolutely great, and mayonnaise- who'd have thought?! The only thing that would've earned it another star would be that taste you really only get with the stodgy full fat ones! Definitely worth a try if you haven't done this one yet.
ruthy10
23rd Feb, 2014
I followed the recipe exactly, not sure if it was my oven but the edges started to catch and burn slightly but just cut the edges off and still turned out lovely. I enjoyed mine with some low fat custard warmed and my husband had his cold, he suggested I put chocolate chips in next time.

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fizzh89
17th Jul, 2016
5.05
is this suitable for freezing?
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goodfoodteam
9th Aug, 2016
Thanks for your question - yes it is! We signpost all our freezable recipes with a blue star, you'll find it just under the Facebook and other social media symbols at the top of the recipe. If there's no blue star then the recipe isn't freezable. Hope this helps!
Gingerjaneymarie
11th May, 2014
I'm not sure about using mayonnaise will it make that much difference to the taste without it? Thanks
fizzh89
3rd Jul, 2016
5.05
My advice would be to try it, then decide. I'm confident you won't have anything to worry about!
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goodfoodteam
19th May, 2014
Hi there. Mayonnaise is just a combination of eggs and oil with some seasoning, it is a way of lowering the fat of the brownies, give it a go you will be surprised how good they are, thanks.
jadeslater
18th Jan, 2017
5.05
Highly recommend this recipe, I used a milk chocolate bar instead of dark, I had a 110g Cadbury bar so I multiplied other ingredients by 1.3 just to even it out. I also recommend making two batches as it makes 12 small brownies as my family went through them extremely quickly.