I wandered past a bakery yesterday and saw brownies in the window. Yes, I carried on walking…

When I got home, I couldn’t help looking up a recipe and decided to get baking! The recipe is really simple and takes less than 30minutes. “Melt and mix” is the basis of the brownie – see? Easy!

I think mine taste better than they look in my photo … I’m certainly not going to end up with a career in food photography!

There is a huge amount of sugar in these though – not one  for those who are watching their waistlines…

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Ingredients:

  • 275g Plain Chocolate
  • 275g Butter
  • 85g Milk Chocolate (broken up into small pieces)
  • 85g White Chocolate (broken up into small pieces)
  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Large Eggs (lightly beaten with a whisk)
  • 1tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 325g Caster Sugar
Yes you’re not mistaken, that does say 325g of sugar. Lots and lots of lovely calories :)
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Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 170c
  2. Line a fairly shallow tin with lightly buttered greaseproof paper. (Grease underneath and on top so there are no issues getting the cooked brownies out! You want the tin to be quite shallow because the brownies are very rich so you only want small ones)
  3. Break up the plain chocolate into squares and melt. You can do this by placing the chocolate in a bowl and sitting this over a pan of simmering (not boiling) water. Be careful that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water as this can cause the chocolate to burn.
  4. Stir the chocolate until it melts and then add all the butter, stirring until it’s all melted and well combined.
  5. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside
  6. Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and stir in all that lovely sugar. Make sure it’s all well combined and that there are no lumps of sugar anywhere.
  7. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla essence and stir thoroughly until well mixed.
  8. Now fold in the flour and baking powder mixture along with the chocolate chips.
  9. Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared cake tin, spreading it around evenly before baking in the oven for between 20-25minutes. Do check it because this can catch and burn really quickly. It should be firm-ish on top and a bit crispy, but soft and gooey in the middle.
  10. Allow to cool in a tin completely before trying to remove.
  11. Transfer to a plate and cut into small squares.
Enjoy with a nice cup of tea :)
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