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

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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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drpjcooper's picture
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Yum! Made them using light mayo, and just added skimmed milk instead of buttermilk - they are lovely! So easy to make too.

charmcaster111's picture
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I added walnuts and extra chunks of milk choc, it was rich,dark and potent. Definitely going to make it again!!

charmcaster111's picture
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I added walnuts and extra chunks of milk choc, it was rich,dark and potent. Definitely going to make it again!!

charmcaster111's picture
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I added walnuts and extra chunks of milk choc, it was rich,dark and potent. Definitely going to make it again!!

charmcaster111's picture
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I added walnuts and extra chunks of milk choc, it was rich,dark and potent. Definitely going to make it again!!

levana's picture
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Brilliant recipe, very easy to make and the brownies come out moist and delicious.

missbas's picture
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Very easy recipe to follow, my 7 year old helped me make them and we laughed at using Mayo instead of butter. Have to say they tasted devine, no one would think they are low fat. Nice and moist, just how brownies should be. Winner!

sailorgirl700's picture
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All the family really like these. I too use light mayo, I also use skimmed milk in place of the butter milk. The last few times I've made them I've used something called No Eggs in place of the egg the results are still very tasty.

freyjay's picture

why does it have mayonnaise?! surely that will taste awful.... but i will give it a go!

ted5432's picture
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Just made these, they are very rich and tasty. Definately reccommend!!

becpod's picture
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If you're calorie and figure conscious then these are great, they are not the richest or most chocolatey browny, but for their purpose of keeping me slim, they're great, recommend. BTW I used extra light mayo and options chocolate (rather than cocoa) so very low calorie, and even my husband likes them.

emmasmith753's picture

I used 100g of chocolate as I didn’t think 85 would be enough and I used a round cake tin as I didn’t have a square and I baked for 25 mins which was enough as they turned out delicious! Would def make again

georgia_dean's picture
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I made this recipe tonight and it DID NOT WORK i followed the recipe excactly and do not know why it didnt work

barney53's picture
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have just tried this recipe and must admit was very wary of using mayonnaise and no butter!! But it does actually work, the brownies are not as squidgy full fat ones but for a low fat alternative they are pretty good and fairly easy to make as well!

carlygill's picture
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oh' forgot to mention also use wholemeal flour for extra goodness

carlygill's picture
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i have made these about 5 times now by popular family demand, totally a fan of the 'ultimate makeovers' [like the carrot cake, lasagna, muffins],
since trying to eat healthier and cut down on fat/sugar intake, without missing out on yummy food. as a result i use low fat mayo and i substitute the caster sugar to powdered sweetener equivalent [8 tblsp] , we like choc bits too so i keep back 20% of the choc and break into small bits and add with the flour to get those lovely choc chunks inside, still taste absolutely fab

gavin1983's picture
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Very nice! Made these for the first time today and will definately be making these again (tomorrow perhaps!).

balearicbayes's picture
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Made these a few times now and each batch is delicious!! I've added white chocolate bits into one lot, but each time i've substituted some of the flour for ground almonds, which adds to the lovely gooeyness you get in the middle!!! Superb!!

amydyson's picture

I usually feel a little bit cheated when I make low-fat desserts, but these were just as good if not better than other brownies I've made in the past! I didn't have the two types of sugar, so I just used the golden castor sugar and the result was a gooey, moist brownie, which made you feel more satisfied than after normal brownies, due to the intense chocolatey flavour!

millyw08's picture
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These are fantastic. I made on batch and the went so quickly I had to make another batch. I wasn't hesitant of the mayo, it sort of made the mix creamier and when the came out the were lovely and gooey and bubbly. Yum

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