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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kyndie
26th Aug, 2012
5.05
I don't think anyone can find a better brownie recipe. They really are the best ever brownies !! I've made them several times for my family and friends. Everyone has always wanted more. I have found however that they taste much better straight from the fridge... if you can resist eating it all beforehand, it's well worth the wait !! The texture is much nicer when cold as it gets that sticky brownie texture and you get the contrast between the chocolate chunks and the cake as the chunks solidify again in the fridge. Yum
catrinana
24th Aug, 2012
I love baking these - my friends are now just asked if they'd like me to bake them some for birthdays (I'm very bad at choosing presents) instead of getting a gift :P One thing I would say, is don't make the mistake I did of using milkybar for white chocolate chips... but that probably applies to most baking... I don't know, I'm not much of a baker!
mazzhibberd
22nd Aug, 2012
As I've never made brownies before i wanted to give it a go. So followed it to the last letter. OH MY LIFE !!!!!! I have never made anything soooo good. I WILL be looking again for more great ideas to expand my baking knowledge. Thanks again.
mmalique
22nd Aug, 2012
5.05
This was the first this thing I ever baked and it was lovely.
viksmck
20th Aug, 2012
1.05
Well followed all instructions but actually cooked it for 45 minutes & my oven is pretty strong. The outside was crispy the inside looked like it did when it went in. Disappointed me & my kids. Waste of ingredients :-(
kirsty8374
17th Aug, 2012
5.05
Excellent recipe, really easy to follow and I got excellent results. I'll certainly be making these again....I also added 50g of fudge pieces to the white and milk chocolate chunks which worked really well...extra yummy! ;)
charlottehood1
17th Aug, 2012
5.05
I cannot fault this recipe! Absolutely stunning brownies and a real hit with everyone :) Currently making a 3rd batch for a party tomorrow. Love it.
lauxw6
15th Aug, 2012
5.05
I saw this recipe by chance earlier this year and thought it seemed easy enough for an after work treat for my other half. Little did I know how gorgeous they are! They have become the ONLY brownie recipe we use now!
lilybronwen
10th Aug, 2012
The milk chocolate chunks disappear in the cooking - have even tried freezing them first but still happens. I can't see how this can be avoided. The brownies were still very good though.
abbi.white
5th Aug, 2012
5.05
Absolutely fabulous!! I'm definitely not a kitchen fairy, but this recipe works. Always. Although my baking time is never 25min, more like 50-60min, but my baking tray is smaller, so that's ok. The toothpick method is recommended!

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