The ultimate makeover: Chocolate brownies

The ultimate makeover: chocolate brownies

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(155 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 12

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

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per brownie

  • kcal191
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 85g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-lit

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 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
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 1 egg



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

  • 100g mayonnaise (I used Hellman's)


  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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26th Jul, 2012
absolutely gorgeous. I replaced the mayonnaise with Dulce de Leche (merchant gourmet) and they really were lovely and moist. will make again.
24th Jul, 2012
These are amazing! The family can't get enough of them! You wouldn't believe that they were low calorie!
21st Jul, 2012
do you think i could leave out the coffee and dark chocolate and just use 150 grams of normal sugar?
11th Jul, 2012
I made these brownies for some realations and I was extremely dissapointed. I followed the instuctions precisely and the mixture looked great. Then I put it in the oven. It says to put it on for 30 mins. I thought this was too much so i only did it for 28mins. The brownies came out burned (i put it on 180C) and it almost fell apart. This wasted my time and im angry as my relations were looking forward to eating them.
27th Jun, 2012
my dad's and husband's birthday falls on the same date.. usually we celebrate it together.. but this time my dad fell sick so my parents could not come over to my place.. i could not travel too.. so we decided to make the same recipe.. that is when i came across this recipe.. both my dad and husband are great fans of chocolate.. this is when my husband came across this app called LiveAlbum.. my mom and me made the browny simultaneously.. i shared this recipe with her through phone.. i took photos of each stage of my preparation and the photos got shared as and when i took it.. Miracle! Dad and my husband loved the browny.. keep giving us wonderful recipes..
15th Jun, 2012
OMG....delish! Made these because I had everything in the cupboard...apart from buttermilk(which I never have) so I used milk with a squeeze of lemon juice. Really surprised with the result..moist and oh so chocolatey. who would've thought..mayonnaise! I also used low fat mayo.
13th Jun, 2012
gorgeous, was bit worried about the mayonnaise, but they turned out really well. They went down a treat with my friends
5th Jun, 2012
Just made these and theyre really airy and tasteless. I'll be sticking to my gooey brownie recipe!
8th May, 2012
Well what can I say... This recipe is fantastic! Can't believe it has mayo in. I was very dubious but thought what the heck, it's worth a try and am I glad I did. Now my daughter says she doesn't want normal brownies again, she wants these and for a 9 yr old to say that, speaks volumes. Will make these again.
12th Apr, 2012
Forgot to rate - doh!


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