Best-ever brownies

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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  • 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


  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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Comments (1036)

nickgrowsandcooks's picture

Since first making these about a year ago I have become a legend because of the quality of this recipe. The results are simply superb every time. I have had many comments along the lines of "Best brownies I have ever tasted, including shop brought / restaurant made"

Tips I would pass on from my experience is you can rearrange the logistics of how you prepare things a bit, this is common sense so I wont preach any particular way but the methods listed make more work and take longer than they really need to, e.g. sieving the coco and flour into a separate bowl... no... just siv it directly into the mix as you go etc etc.

A tip as far as ingredients go... quality of chocolate is everything, it makes a big difference if you use cheapo stuff compared to good. Best results for myself have been mix made with Bournville dark but any equally good or better (green and blacks if your rich) will do, supermarket own while ok just does not compare.


domesticgoddess's picture

These are truly the 'best ever brownies' - made them as a dessert for our wedding and everyone absolutely loved them.

missbambi's picture

Recipe looks so yummy and easy to follow! Cant wait to try it this weekend!

mademily's picture

Okay, they're out of the oven now, and I have to stop myself eating them, They are so GREAT! I will definetly be using this recipe more often ;)

mademily's picture

Just made these brownies! They are in the oven at the minute, and I hope they're good! We are taking them to a BBQ tomorrow with like 21 people, so I hope there's enough! The recipe was quite easy and straightforward, some its a thumbsup for the recipe itself! I'm sure they will be great!

kirstyfields's picture

I qoute my husband who is not a pudding eater "these are the best cakes you have made to date". I did find that cooking time took much much longer than stated - I am glad I did the knife test to check it was ready as it would have been liquid still after 25mins. I did use more milk choc instead of the dark choc and added raisens which worked well. Yummy!

sarebearcarebear's picture

Oh my god!!!! How nice are these? it's first time I ever made made these & they are a success. My son tried them but might be a bit rich for him. I'll have to wait until my partner comes home see if he likes them. Very rich & gooey.

ilovesweettreats's picture

It took me 50 minutes to cook - double of what it should of been, but then it must be to do with the size of the tin. Even so, the end result was delicious and I will definately be making it again!

sazdude's picture

Forgot to give them 6 stars!!!!

sazdude's picture

mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!! AMAZING!! Made them with all green & blacks chocolate inc the cocoa powder and they are gorgeous, v chocolaty but not too rich. We ate them with cold custard & my fiance couldn't help but have seconds and then took a load to work the next day! Makes a huge batch and because you can keep them for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long) you know nothing's going to waste. I'm making another batch for a party this weekend, they are soooo easy to make as well- 10/10

olflea's picture

OK they were good, granted, but you can't go too far wrong with brownies, always a crowd pleaser, but I think this recipe rather makes a mountain out of the humble mole hill brownie we all know and love. Brownies should be something you knock up in a matter of minutes, not an event where juggling numerous bowls of variously mixed and melted elements are meticulously assembled.
Tasted good, but not worth the hassle. Next time keep it simple please.

janebal's picture

Delicious recipe. I added 100g chopped pecan nuts (toasted in oven for 15 mins first) and 100 g milk chocolate instead of 50g white and 50g milk. I also tried making it with self-raising wholemeal flour but this made it more like a sponge cake mix and it wasn't so squidgy and delicious in the middle.

paddyp's picture

This recipe is A M A Z I N G! I have made these twice now, perfection both times. Forget your expensive perfumes, provocative lingerie, diamonds and gifts. I took these into work and every man who tried one asked me to marry him lol.

Better still, first time used top of the range chocolate which made for a delicious but costly treat. Second time I used ASDA smart price chocolate 55% cocoa solids at 27p per 100g. Absolutely noone noticed the difference. The purists amongst you might feel differently, but at an overall cost of approx £2 using the cheaper chocolate or £7 using the "better" chocolate, I'm willing to sacrifice a little.

Either way, amazing recipe.

stickyvicky1's picture

I made these as my dersert for a come dine with me competition between a few friends. I cut portions with a cookie cutter and served with vanilla ice cream and mixed berries. It went down a treat and I won! x

janetbo's picture

Amazing the best brownie mix ever
Recomending it to as many people as possible

banannabiscuits's picture

these were the best ever brownies that i have ever tasted :)
my only issue was that i was not sure of the timing, i cooked these for 25 minutes but the middle was still wobbly, so i kept on cooking until i gave up with the middle, which in total i cooked this for about 50 minutes :S
i let it cool but it seemed to harden by doing so, so it was all gd gd :D
these were the best i have tasted but timing seems a little off, may be my cooker though :P

banannabiscuits's picture

i loved this recipe, though i had some problems as it took like an hour and a half but that may have been my cooker.
also the middle was very wobbly, and so i over cooked the top slitly, thow once cooled it seemed to harden,
this recipe was amazing so i must try it again!

esra91's picture

just like it says, it is worth every minute of making this cake. my brownies used to end up either too dry or too moist; now i have the perfect recipe!! everyone loved it, i'm definitely making it again!

olwenbishop's picture

I have been looking for a good brownie recipe that i can use and use again. I have found it. They are so good, very rich and moist and easy to amke

purple_perdita's picture

Tasted absolutely amazing, but took a lot longer to cook than 25 mins!


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