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Best-ever chocolate brownies recipe

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(867 ratings)

Ready in 1 hour, inc cooling (worth every minute)

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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-lit

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

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

    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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 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.

  10. 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. 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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kate6458
11th Feb, 2013
Hello everyone, Are these freezable? How long do they stay fresh for? Thanks :) Kate
rjevans96
9th Feb, 2013
5.05
These are so good, I've made them far too many times. I cook them at 170C (fan) because they take ages at 160C.
beckyp8
7th Feb, 2013
5.05
Wow, these didn't last long in my house and i'll be making them again and again. Don't be put off by the extremely long method, I re-wrote it into my recipe book in about 6 sentences! Give them a go, you won't regret it :)
arentha
4th Feb, 2013
I have just tried this recipe with a slight adjustment, 100g of white chocolate and 100g of milk chocolate and 250g of brown sugar and I have had thumbs up from everyone who has tried it, thank you these were awesome, am going to make some more for my boyfriend to take to work for his birthday on Thursday
natalia5294
28th Jan, 2013
5.05
These turned out SO tasty, they really live up to their name. The only problem I had with these is that the square tin I have is a little bit smaller than 20x20 cm, so the brownies took quite a bit longer than 25 minutes to cook...but that's not the recipe's fault. I will definitely make these again, probably using nuts instead of chocolate chunks for a bit of a variation :)
aac204
28th Jan, 2013
I'd like to try this recipe. I have a 20cm tin but it is a deep one and the recipe says you need a shallow tin. Do you think this will matter? Many thanks
jagbates
28th Jan, 2013
5.05
this is truely the food of gods, everyone who has tried it wants the recipe. I'm tempted to keep it to myself.
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courtlyladydawn
26th Jan, 2013
5.05
I have been searching for a good brownie recipe and at last, I have found one! So easy to follow and the results are fantastic. I took a batch in to work and they were gone by 10am! Excellent! Will definitely be using this recipe again!
blargg
25th Jan, 2013
I tried this recipe but instead of milk I used beer. Much better. Also my house burned down so it wasn't 100% successful
cececheong
23rd Jan, 2013
5.05
Best ever brownies! To the point that other tried and tested brownie recipes just don't live up to this one!

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