Everybody loves a chocolate brownie and after trying a few different methods, I find this is the best recipe. I always get good results and they are soon all gone. Don’t forget you can change the walnuts for chocolate chunks (or glace cherries or fudge pieces) depending on who you are sharing them with.
Makes: Up to 24 depending on how large you want to cut them!
- 200g / 7oz of butter or margarine
- 450g / 1lb of caster sugar
- 4 level tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 175g / 6oz of plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 100g / 3 ½ oz of chopped walnuts (or chocolate pieces etc.)
- Line a medium (23cm square roughly) baking tray or brownie tin
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 4).
- Put the butter or margarine in a bowl and melt (If you have an AGA then you can just stand the bowl on the top, otherwise put somewhere warm or heat in a pan on the hob on a low heat and watch to make sure it does not boil)
- Put the sugar, cocoa, flour and salt into a mixing bowl and give them a good stir to make sure they are all combined
- Break the eggs into another bowl and beat with a fork or whisk
- Pour the melted butter in with the sugar, cocoa and flour and give this a quick stir
- Then add the beaten eggs and vanilla and mix all this together so that you cannot see any dry bits of flour. Try not to get too vigorous with the stirring here as you don’t want to get too much air mixed in. You really only need a spoon or spatula as a food mixer can make this combine too well and you will get brownies that are more cake-like than the sticky but crusty topped treats you are aiming for
- Fold* in the chopped walnuts (or whatever else you want to use if anything)
- Pour everything into the baking tray or brownie tin and slide into the middle of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes (for an AGA use the baking oven for the same time or for a two-oven AGA the roasting oven but reduce the time to 25-30 minutes)
- When done the brownies should have a firm top and a tester or skewer stuck in should come out clean. Leave to cool in the tin then cut into squares and enjoy
Don’t forget you can get any of the baking equipment that you need for these brownies, and loads of other lovely baking things, from our website at www.bakestore.co.uk or by following the links in the recipe.
This is just mixing but gently. The best way is just to work on the basis of making a figure of 8 with the spoon, using the edge, and turn the bowl as you go. You will need to scrape off the edges of the bowl a few times to get all the ingredients too.