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Best ever chocolate brownies recipe

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(1288 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 27 mins - 35 mins

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Cuts into 16 squares or 32 triangles

A foolproof brownie recipe for a squidgy chocolate bake. Watch our recipe video to help you get a perfect traybake every time.

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
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    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

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

  • 85g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 50g white chocolate
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    White chocolate

    why-t chok-lit

    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • 50g milk chocolate
    Milk chocolate squares

    Milk chocolate

    mill-k chok-lit

    Milk chocolate is classically made from dark chocolate of low cocoa solid content and a higher…

  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g golden caster sugar

Method

  1. Cut 185g unsalted butter into small cubes and tip into a medium bowl. Break 185g dark chocolate into small pieces and drop into the bowl.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. While you wait for the chocolate to cool, position a shelf in the middle of your oven and turn the oven on to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4.

  5. Using a shallow 20cm square tin, cut out a square of non-stick baking parchment to line the base. Tip 85g plain flour and 40g cocoa powder into a sieve held over a medium bowl. Tap and shake the sieve so they run through together and you get rid of any lumps.

  6. Chop 50g white chocolate and 50g milk chocolate into chunks on a board.

  7. 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. They will look thick and creamy, like a milk shake. This can take 3-8 minutes, depending on how powerful your mixer is. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Finally, stir in the white and milk chocolate chunks until they’re dotted throughout.

  12. 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.

  13. Put in the oven and set your timer for 25 mins. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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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Laupur89
21st Aug, 2019
5.05
These are the best brownies and so easy! Will definitely be making them regularly. I used a 24cm tin as that is what I had and cooked them for about 27 minutes so timings may be slightly out if using a 20cm tin. Delicious.
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Beatrice Wynne-...
19th Aug, 2019
4.05
i love these brownies. use this recipe pie every time im 13 and this recipe is really easy to follow as i haven't done much baking
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Stacey Holmes
15th Aug, 2019
5.05
Amazing. Best homemade Brownies ever so moist and taste delish
allthingsbaking
31st Jul, 2019
5.05
I have made an account just to leave this review!!! What a DEEEEEVINE recipe! I'm an avid baker but never tasted a brownie I have actually liked, but had an itch to bake some for aaaages!!! And FINALLY overcame the intimidation of trying something I've never tried before and made this recipe and cannot stress enough what SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS brownies they were!!! THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING RECIPE that has now made it to my go to treasure recipes tin!!! I added 35g each of white and milk choc chips instead of chopping chocolate and and added 30g of chopped hazelnuts!!! They were actually for my sister to take to her to be in laws on her first visit so I went all out for the decorations powdering them first with icing sugar, using chocolate coated strawberries with gold luster dust, chocolate curls and white and milk choc lines (''.) Couldn't help myself!!! Baking time was definitely much longer. I'd say about 45 minutes. After the stated time on recipe, I checked them every ten minutes. I'm quite impatient and like to turn bakes out quickly to decorate! BUT DON'T DO IT! It will crack your brownie. Let it cool before flipping out and allow it to cool even more before slicing. Thankfully mine cracked in the middle so still got lovely squares!!! It's a long review, I know! BUT I REALLY REALLY LOVED these especially the next day after they'd been in the fridge! A rich decadent choclaty chocolate fix!!! I think if I'd have left them gooey, they could have been sickly because it's a combination of a lot of rich ingredients. But to each their own (''.) Oh... because this can be quite an expensive recipe to make... I used all ingredients Morrisons 'best' brand... and willow butter and silver spoon sugar to keep costs down! Wouldn't change a thing other than make a hell of a bigger tray next time!!! Love going out to the person who came up with this recipe!!!
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Rebecca Brown
20th Jul, 2019
Definitely DO NOT use a 20cm tin, this is why it takes so long in the oven. In the video the tin looks almost double this size! Be warned!
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Georgia Millward
8th Jul, 2019
5.05
made these ! have literally tried a corner & i’m having to stop myself from eating it all !! such a great detailed recipe, literally can’t go wrong if you follow it !!
Thegarfeet
8th Jul, 2019
5.05
I am a Brownie God now! Have been looking for a decent recipe for a fair while...make 'em and you too can be in brownie heaven.
laura0606
28th Jun, 2019
5.05
The name says it all - these really are the best ever brownies and I cannot fault them at all. I always add extra chocolate and depending on how gooey or firm I want them I cook them for less/more. Try these Brownies, you won't regret it!
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Harminder Dhak
22nd Jun, 2019
5.05
Brilliant, didn't change a thing. Be aware that cooking times will vary from what is stated.
hdaisye
19th Jun, 2019
5.05
I've made this recipe numerous times and it has always turned out great. I do tend to use a slightly larger tin so the brownies are thinner. Still using the same cooking time they turn out great but if I use the tin size in the recipe I always have to cook for slightly longer.

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LanaDiy Gaming
6th Jul, 2019
4.05
My brownies have been in the oven for 45 mins and the middle is still wobbly. i’ve taken them out of the oven a few times because i thought some how is would magically stop wobbling but no. Still wobbly. Have I rewined them by taking them out the oven? And why are they taking so long to cook even though i did the exact amount of ingredients?
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goodfoodteam
8th Jul, 2019
We're sorry to hear your brownies have not cooked. If the ingredients were measured exactly and the correct tin size was used, then the most likely explanation is that the oven is running cooler than stated (you can use an oven thermometer to ascertain this) or that the oven was not up to temperature when the brownies went in. We hope this helps in getting ot the bottom of it.
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Amy Simms
11th Apr, 2019
Hi I do not have an electric whisk, can I still make this? Also can I substitute butter for dairy free spread? Thank you
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goodfoodteam
16th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. Butter is ideal for this recipe but you can use a dairy-free spread. Check the packaging to make sure it is suitable for baking. Various appliances come with a whisk attachment - some hand blenders and food processors, stand mixers and of course electric beaters. If you don't have any of these you can whisk the eggs and sugar by hand using a balloon whisk. You'll need to give it a good 10 - 15 mins to get the desired 'milkshake' consistency - this gives the brownies lightness and volume. If you can't quite get the consistency you can carry on anyway but be aware it might be a little denser than it would be otherwise. Alternatively, here are two recipes that don't require an electric whisk: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1912/saffrons-brownies https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10036/the-ultimate-makeover-chocolate-brownies
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Orit BC
10th Apr, 2019
I am as we speak at 50 minutes baking and it’s not ready. What did I do wrong?
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goodfoodteam
11th Apr, 2019
We're sorry to hear you have had problems. At 50 mins the brownie would usually be overcooked so we imagine there is either a problem with the temperature of your oven or some of the ingredient proportions were not right. If you can let us know more details we may be able to pinpoint the problem.
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Callum McCormick
17th Mar, 2019
Can you substitute the dark chocolate for milk chocolate?
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goodfoodteam
20th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. We wouldn't recommend switching to milk. By the time the rest of the ingredients have been incorporated, the brownies won't have that 'dark' flavour. Milk won't give a such a chocolatey result and will tend to be too sugary.
Addictedtobrownies
11th Mar, 2019
5.05
I’ve been cooking these brownies for years with no issues but lately every time I make them the batter seems to curdle at the end and turns into a cakey solid mass. It still cooks and tastes good but the texture becomes more like a cake. So frustrating! I’ve no idea why this has started happening. Any tips?
MrsAMillard
13th Feb, 2019
5.05
I’m cooking vegan for friends this week and am going to attempt to make this recipe vegan with coconut oil and Aquafaba. Has anyone tried this before? I know there are vegan brownies on this site but these are my favourite so I thought I’d give it a go.

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f6m6
6th May, 2019
5.05
Substitutions: Milk choc -> Lindor White choc -> Milky Way Dark choc -> Lindt dark choc
AstroHobbit
15th Feb, 2019
5.05
I would recommend mixing the chocolate chunks into the flour/cocoa powder mixture - coating them in flour means they won't sink to the bottom during baking and burn.
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Angela Dobson
10th May, 2018
5.05
I made these tonight, but slightly reduced sugar, did not add white chocolate. But added around 80g of defrosted raspberry. Cooked for approx 45 mins..... delicious!
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Jana R
24th Dec, 2017
2.05
Erm... the amount of sugar in this recipe is ridiculous. The dough just came out of the oven and, while the brownies have wonderful texture and all, the sweetness is making me sick. I advise using a lot less sugar.
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Beatrice Wynne-...
19th Aug, 2019
4.05
well, theyre brownies! they are meant to be sweet. i guess you should have adjusted the proportions to your taste.
Fit lass
28th Sep, 2017
5.05
Melt the butter fully first, before adding the chunks of chocolate in, as it will speed up the process a lot, and prevents the chocolate from burning.
Siâni25
16th Dec, 2015
I was looking for a recipe to use whatever was in my kitchen. This was a brilliant and simple recipe. I didn't have unsalted butter so used Flora Light which is low in everything. I also didn't have all the different chocolates so just used 300g ¥$milk chocolate suitable for cooking with. Needless to say these are the best brownies I've ever made!
Tina89
18th Nov, 2015
5.05
My first time at browning and they Came out amazing, and tasted yummy. I used normal caster sugar as could not find golden anywhere. Also cooking time took approx 40mins - 50. After 25 mins, every 10mins I checked it by shaking to see if middle wobbles and then once it didn't removed this and left to cool down for around 30mins. Would definitely make again :)
madelience
22nd Oct, 2015
Use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.
lesgracejones
5th Oct, 2015
5.05
These brownies come out perfect if I turn the oven off when the wobble has only just stopped wobbling and leave them in until the oven cools. They are even nicer the next day when the chunks of chocolate have set a bit harder.

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