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.
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
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
approx 150g milk chocolate, chopped into small chunks
icing sugar to dust (optional)
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!