The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per brownie

kcalories
191
protein
2g
carbs
23g
fat
11g
saturates
3g
fibre
1g
sugar
16g
salt
0.28g

Ingredients

  • 85g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces
  • 85g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp coffee granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 100g mayonnaise (I used Hellman's)

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009

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dwatson27's picture
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I have never baked brownies before as I am not a fan. I made these yesterday and the family loved them! Quick and easy! Much easier than the chocolate fairy cakes I have made for years. Recipe now in my binder as I will be making them for everyone again very soon :)

jilly09's picture
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Easy to make and delicious to eat!!

mechref's picture

Loved this recipe. I knew professional cooks (in the US at least) use mayonnaise to keep their cakes moist so I was keen to try this and I have to say that it really works!! The fact that it also reduces the fat content is a bonus. The brownies were just right. Not overly goopy and they remained moist until they disappeared. This will now be the family's standard brownie recipe.
Thank you very much!

khare55's picture
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Completely perfect, squishy brownie delight.

wendybh's picture
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I've made this dozens of times now and it's my all-time fave low-fat pud. I've made a few changes though. I don't add chocolate, I use an extra heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder. I use extra light or light mayo and soya milk with a squeeze of lemon instead of buttermilk ( semi-skimmed and lemon works too.) Before it goes in the tin I add a lightly mashed banana or a handful of raspberries and I find that 20 mins in the oven is enough. I have friends that are lactose intolerant so this adapted recipe is ideal ( only light mayo tends to be dairy-free, extra light contains milk powder) Everyone that tries them asks for the recipe.

kathcook's picture
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After reading the reviews about these brownies I decided to give them a go, used Greek yogurt (full fat!) and light mayonnaise. I can't understand what all the fuss is about? They were ok, more cake ish than brownie taste and definately tasted like something was missing (fat?!) Althoughbit has made me wonder what other cake recipes I can add mayonnaise to ? I think I'll stick to the 'Best ever Brownie' recipe also fom this website in future, higher in calories but also Tate !

marybourkeis's picture

Going to add some chopped nuts to this for contrasting texture

artichoke54's picture

Made these for work - everyone loved them. Cooked them a little too long- they're done long before you think they are. Very tasty and more ish, and had a lovely flaky top and moist inside.

minicoopergirl's picture
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OoOoOps forgot to rate again too busy eating them!

minicoopergirl's picture
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Have made these three times in a week now..have added walnuts for one batch..and pecan for another..perfect everytime..and I'd never made brownies before! What a fab idea with the mayo will tell no-one my little secret!!

hann10a's picture

i think it would be nice with berrys in it

chocolateboy's picture

Mmmmmmm. Looks very nice.

ghisli2000's picture
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Best brownie recipe I've come across. I just use semi skimmed milk instead of buttermilk and they always come out perfectly. Always very moist and delicious and I'm not the biggest chocolate fan.

veronica22's picture

Loved them

estherious's picture

I've done this brownie recipe at least 4 times now. It's simply yummy and delicious. I even tried once adding walnuts. But just as it is it's beautiful!
My friends, colleagues from work and even my boyfriend who is not a cake lover keep asking me when I will make it again!

melanieg40's picture
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These are amazing! By mistake I forgot to add the 50g of light muscavado sugar and I have to say I didnt even notice!!! They were still delish and as I like the bitter taste of dark choc less sugar worked well for me...and the children love them...def try these out for a naughty treat

karenchilman123's picture
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These brownies came out beautiful. I used very low fat Hellman's Mayo as well, which I wasnt sure would work but it did. I cut the brownies into 9 slices and served them with ice-cream. Definitely wouldnt know mayo was added to the mixture and will definitely make them again soon.

gunsnrosesxx's picture

When I tried them it was the first time I was ever making brownies. They turned out great in shape and smell, but they tasted a bit bitter. I might try the same recipe but add cheese on top next time:)

jharrison21's picture
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I used low fat natural yoghurt instead of the butter milk as didn't have any in but it worked great. I haven't told a soul about the mayo ingredient and nobody has commented (even my dad, my most ruthless critic!!) Yummy!! Where is the need to make the full fat version when this one tastes so good?

jharrison21's picture
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I used low fat natural yoghurt instead of the butter milk as didn't have any in but it worked great. I haven't told a soul about the mayo ingredient and nobody has commented (even my dad, my most ruthless critic!!) Yummy!! Where is the need to make the full fat version when this one tastes so good?

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