Perfectly Squidgy

What is it about warm chocolate brownies and ice cream (preferably vanilla), pure indulgence. There is nothing that I can say about chocolate brownies to suggest that they are a healthy treat in any shape of form. So push that to the back of your mind and on a day when you are feeling like really treating yourself, pull this recipe out of your back pocket.

Years ago I used to make brownies a lot, then I had an occasion where they didn’t work out at all, followed by about two other similar occasions! I was being met with brownies that were ok-ish around the edges but a molten mess of chocolate gooeyness in the middle! Distraught I decided to leave them as a pure indulgence option and find something else to satisfy my needs, I never did. So yesterday after a ‘healthy’ walk in Powerscourt , I decided to have a little look around their food hall (bad idea as I was really hungry). I spotted their chocolate brownies and decided to go home and try baking brownies again, maybe trying a different recipe.

I came across a recipe by Lulu Grimes on the BBC GoodFood website who promised to unveil the secret to the best squidgy chocolate brownies! And do you know what, she wasn’t lying!! So I had to share ;O)

Ingredients:

  • 100g butter , chopped
  • 200g dark chocolate , chopped (I used 100g dark & 100g milk)
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 30g cocoa (I used Bournville cocoa powder)
Method:
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a 22cm square brownie tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a microwave or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Cool to room temperature. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and sift in the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Fold this in to give a fudgy batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is cracked but the middle just set, (the top of mine didn’t crack and having read some of the feedback on the website, I removed the brownies as soon as the middle had just set. Some people had waited till the top cracked and the brownies were too dry). Cool completely, then lift out of the tin and cut.
Additional suggestions: The brownies are also delicious if any of the following ingredients are added once all ingredients have been mixed; 100g chopped white or milk chocolate chunks; 100g toasted roughly chopped hazelnuts or pecans; 2 handfuls of baby marshmallows; grated orange zest; 1 tbsp espresso coffee. Or push some raspberries into the mix when it’s in the tin, or drizzle the top of the cooked brownies with melted chocolates.

 

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