The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

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(153 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Makes 12
Angela gives these rich treats a makeover, with a magic ingredient to reduce the fat content...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per brownie

  • kcal191
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.28g
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Ingredients

  • 85g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces
  • 85g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp coffee granules
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g mayonnaise (I used Hellman's)

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.

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mohorroy
17th Nov, 2011
5.05
The best brownie recipe ever - only thing, I personally prefer my brownie a little less sweet, so will use little less sugar next time! Loved it!!! Thanks
mohorroy
17th Nov, 2011
5.05
The best brownie recipe ever - only thing, I personally prefer my brownie a little less sweet, so will use little less sugar next time! Loved it!!! Thanks
deborah1969
5th Oct, 2011
5.05
Absolutely delicious. i used extra ight mayo and o% greek yoghurt to lower fat and calories and they turned out great. My children and niece couldnt get enough of them. Will definitely be doing them again for my sons birthday party....
h_burton
2nd Oct, 2011
5.05
Used extra light mayo, skimmed milk with a dash of lemon instead of buttermilk, dark muscovado sugar and used Ryelands plain choc (cheaper!), and added frozen cherries. Turned out brill. Extra moisture from the cherries made it gorgeous and gooey, although difficult to cut..may use fresh or leave out next time.
pennypitstop
28th Sep, 2011
I have made these brownies several times using gluten free flour. Worked beautifully every time.
nhogarth
14th Sep, 2011
4.05
Incredibly easy to make, delicious and not even the slightest taste of mayonnaise, I will definitely be making these again!
bonnie73
14th Sep, 2011
5.05
Great recipe but need to cook for a little longer :D
drpjcooper
1st Sep, 2011
5.05
Yum! Made them using light mayo, and just added skimmed milk instead of buttermilk - they are lovely! So easy to make too.
charmcaster111
29th Aug, 2011
5.05
I added walnuts and extra chunks of milk choc, it was rich,dark and potent. Definitely going to make it again!!
charmcaster111
29th Aug, 2011
5.05
I added walnuts and extra chunks of milk choc, it was rich,dark and potent. Definitely going to make it again!!

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