Best-ever brownies

Best-ever brownies

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(815 ratings)

Ready in 1 hour, inc cooling (worth every minute)

More effort

Cuts into 16 squares or 32 triangles

A foolproof recipe for squidgy cake squares, studded with extra chunks of chocolate for extra decadence

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per triangle

  • kcal144
  • fat8g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.06g
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Ingredients

  • 185g unsalted butter
  • 185g best dark chocolate
  • 85g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 50g milk chocolate
  • 3 large egg
  • 275g golden caster sugar

Method

  1. Cut 185g unsalted butter into smallish cubes and tip into a medium bowl. Break 185g best dark chocolate into small pieces and drop into the bowl. Fill a small saucepan about a quarter full with hot water, then sit the bowl on top so it rests on the rim of the pan, not touching the water. Put over a low heat until the butter and chocolate have melted, stirring occasionally to mix them. Now remove the bowl from the pan. Alternatively, cover the bowl loosely with cling film and put in the microwave for 2 minutes on High. Leave the melted mixture to cool to room temperature.

  2. While you wait for the chocolate to cool, position a shelf in the middle of your oven and turn the oven on to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4 (most ovens take 10-15 minutes to heat up). Using a shallow 20cm square tin, cut out a square of non-stick baking parchment to line the base. Now tip 85g plain flour and 40g cocoa powder into a sieve held over a medium bowl, and tap and shake the sieve so they run through together and you get rid of any lumps.

  3. With a large sharp knife, chop 50g white chocolate and 50g milk chocolate into chunks on a board. The slabs of chocolate will be quite hard, so the safest way to do this is to hold the knife over the chocolate and press the tip down on the board, then bring the rest of the blade down across the chocolate. Keep on doing this, moving the knife across the chocolate to chop it into pieces, then turn the board round 90 degrees and again work across the chocolate so you end up with rough squares.

  4. Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in 275g golden caster sugar. With an electric mixer on maximum speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy, like a milk shake. This can take 3-8 minutes, depending on how powerful your mixer is, so don’t lose heart. You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture becomes really pale and about double its original volume. Another check is to turn off the mixer, lift out the beaters and wiggle them from side to side. If the mixture that runs off the beaters leaves a trail on the surface of the mixture in the bowl for a second or two, you’re there.

  5. Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, then gently fold together with a rubber spatula. Plunge the spatula in at one side, take it underneath and bring it up the opposite side and in again at the middle. Continue going under and over in a figure of eight, moving the bowl round after each folding so you can get at it from all sides, until the two mixtures are one and the colour is a mottled dark brown. The idea is to marry them without knocking out the air, so be as gentle and slow as you like – you don’t want to undo all the work you did in step 4.

  6. Hold the sieve over the bowl of eggy chocolate mixture and resift the cocoa and flour mixture, shaking the sieve from side to side, to cover the top evenly. Gently fold in this powder using the same figure of eight action as before. The mixture will look dry and dusty at first, and a bit unpromising, but if you keep going very gently and patiently, it will end up looking gungy and fudgy. Stop just before you feel you should, as you don’t want to overdo this mixing. Finally, stir in the white and milk chocolate chunks until they’re dotted throughout. Now your mixing is done and the oven can take over.

  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping every bit out of the bowl with the spatula. Gently ease the mixture into the corners of the tin and paddle the spatula from side to side across the top to level it. Put in the oven and set your timer for 25 minutes. When the buzzer goes, open the oven, pull the shelf out a bit and gently shake the tin. If the brownie wobbles in the middle, it’s not quite done, so slide it back in and bake for another 5 minutes until the top has a shiny, papery crust and the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin. Take out of the oven.

  8. Leave the whole thing in the tin until completely cold, then, if you’re using the brownie tin, lift up the protruding rim slightly and slide the uncut brownie out on its base. If you’re using a normal tin, lift out the brownie with the foil. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into four squares and finally into triangles. These brownies are so addictive you’ll want to make a second batch before the first is finished, but if you want to make some to hide away for a special occasion, it’s useful to know that they’ll keep in an airtight container for a good two weeks and in the freezer for up to a month.

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wilson123
5th Nov, 2012
5.05
I Made this for a bonfire party. Everyone loved it. I Made it with all white chocolate because I'd eaten the milk but still fantastic. It was the best brownie I've ever made. Yum!
kathrynsquidface
2nd Nov, 2012
I've tried loads of brownie recipes and this seems to be the best so far. Really easy to follow recipe, only problem is that I should have made more as I know they will disappear as soon as they come out of the oven. I used bog standard Bourneville and Stork. Yes people turn their noses up at Stork but it really does make amazing cakes without the same heavy feel as thick butter mixtures. I use Tescos cheapest chocolate which is only 30 something pence a bar and is still 40 per cent cocoa solids. If I mix that and something more expensive it isn't such an expensive exercise in cake making. Higher cocoa solids has a bitter taste and needs more sugar, I found a happy medium. No Im not a cheap skate but we are in a recession and some of these ingredients in their finest form aint cheap. Happy eating. :-) YUMMY..
fluffygums
29th Oct, 2012
5.05
Oops...forgot to rate!!!
fluffygums
29th Oct, 2012
5.05
Made these yesterday...my first 'proper' from scratch brownies (I've always used a supermarket mix). Pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to make, took much longer to cook though (at least 55 minutes, not sure why...followed recipe exactly and used correct size tin)? I have to say they were absolutely delicious, very chocolatey, lovely texture and the added bonus of biting into secret chocolate chunks! They were perhaps a little sweet for my liking though...will definitely make them again but cut down on sugar next time. Well worth the effort!
dutch123
25th Oct, 2012
5.05
After always trying to bake Brownies either from ready mixes or other recipes - this beats em all hands down! They turned out fabulously and are sssssssssooooooooooo delicious!!! I am not the greatest baker in the world and these worked out just great!
twoboots
24th Oct, 2012
4.05
pretty pretty pretty good! i used 50 grammes of walnuts instead of white chocolate i forgot to put in the milk chocolate in until 5 minutes into cooking time,j ust sprinkled them on top. 25 minutes was fine for me.
twoboots
24th Oct, 2012
4.05
pretty pretty pretty good! i used 50 grammes of walnuts instead of white chocolate i forgot to put in the milk chocolate in until 5 minutes into cooking time,j ust sprinkled them on top. 25 minutes was fine for me.
lilbourney
23rd Oct, 2012
5.05
So tasty. I think beating the eggs for a long time makes the brownies lighter but no less sumptuous. I made brownies from two recipes this week and this one was the hands down winner.
ellielouisexx
23rd Oct, 2012
5.05
this recipe is very good, quick and not very expensive to make they taste delicious i have made 3 lots now! deffiantly taste better nice and thick though. really reccomend
cblampied
23rd Oct, 2012
5.05
Used a non-stick individual brownie pan - it had 12 6cmx6cm holes and this recipe filled them all perfectly. Baked for about 30 mins until a toothpick came out clean but found them a bit dry - especially when reheating in the microwave next day. 2nd batch were a lot better - added more choc chips & baked for about 23 mins - toothpick came out with moist crumbs sticking to it. Brownies were incredible. Middles were more gooey like brownies are supposed to be & tasted wonderful heated up the next day (15 secs in microwave). Had trouble getting them out of the pan - will listen & use baking parchment next time! Huge success at my dinner party - even my diet-obsessed friend ate more than 1 square & wanted to take 1 home - of course I said no! DO NOT OVERCOOK - the toothpick should not come out completely clean for brownies.

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