Nigella Lawson’s Gooey Brownies Recipe

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Perfect Gooey Brownies

As someone who’s quite an avid home baker, it amazed me the other day to stop and think that I’ve never actually made brownies. I love brownies, they’re so quick and easy to bake and super versatile to combine with other flavours such as nuts or fruits. I wanted to make something that would be relatively simple for me to make without much effort, and that could easily be cut up into squares for sharing with colleagues at work, after hearing wind of how much I love to bake, these were next on the requests menu!

I have loads of cooking books, but as far as baking goes, aside from my mums simple sponge recipe which never fails, Nigella is always the one to turn to for whenever something sweet takes my fancy. This recipe is from her Kitchen cookbook, which I can definitely recommend, as well as for more than just baking, this is something that can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes and baked in less than 20. The best part is you don’t even have to wait for them to cool, as they’re deliciously warm and gooey fresh from the oven with the chunks of crushed chocolate throughout oozing through.

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The Recipe

This batch of brownies will bake nine considerably generous portions, and they’re definitely not for sharing!

To have a go at baking these yourself you will need:

150g unsalted butter

300g light brown muscovado sugar

75g cocoa powder, sifted

150g plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

approx 150g milk chocolate, chopped into small chunks

icing sugar to dust (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190C. Start by melting the butter, either over the saucepan or in the microwave, then begin stirring in the sugar to mix them together.

Fold into the mix the dry ingredients, cocoa powder, broken chocolate pieces, flour, bicarb, and a punch of salt. This will be very dry and lumpy initially, but adding the eggs and vanilla next will help lessen the stiffness.

If the mix is still looking dry add a drop of milk, I found that mixing this in a food processor helped to break it up.

Once combined, pour into a pre-lined square dish and put into the oven to bake for 20-25 minute until the top is hardened slightly but you still feel it wobble slightly underneath, this ensures you trap in the gooeyness!

Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and serve either as cold pieces or re-heat and enjoy as a dessert with a dollop of ice cream, yum.

What’s your favourite brownie recipe? I can’t wait to make them again as they certainly didn’t last for long!

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Welcome to The Little Things, a Scottish travel and lifestyle blog. Written by Louise, a graphic designer, living and working in Edinburgh. Sharing all of the little things in life which make her smile along the way. With her boyfriend Luke, and their cat Gizzy.

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  • Oh wow, these sound so so scrummy! It’s making me hungry just thinking about them! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  • These look amazing! Definitely one to try!

    Karina xx

    http://www.thekazlightanthem.blogspot.com

  • These look absolutely incredible! To be fair, you can rarely go wrong with a bit of Nigella when it comes to baking something slightly on the naughty side!