Classic chocolate brownies

Serves: 0
Course: Dessert
Cooking Time: 0 hr 25 mins
  • 200g dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids)
  • 150g butter, cubed, at room temperature
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g plain flour
  • 30g good quality cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ½tsp salt
  • 70g walnuts (or pecans)

Preheat fan oven to 170 degrees Celsius (180 degrees for conventional ovens). Grease and line an 18 x 28cm rectangular baking tin with parchment paper.

Roughly chop all the chocolate. Set aside 50g of chopped chocolate to fold in with the walnuts.

Melt 150g chocolate in a bain marie (a medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water) and once half melted, add in the cubed butter and stir until fully blended and smooth.

Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and beat in the sugar (you can use a handwhisk to beat in the sugar, and don't worry if it still appears slightly grainy at this stage). Set aside for five minutes before gradually stirring in the eggs and vanilla and mixing to a smooth batter.

5 Meanwhile, sieve the flour, cocoa powder and salt together into a bowl. In two batches, fold the sieved ingredients into the chocolate mixture.

6 Stir in the walnuts and 50g reserved chopped chocolate.

7 Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it evenly into all four corners and levelling the top.

8 Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for 25-28 minutes or until the surface looks crisp and slightly cracked on the top (the centre will still appear slightly gooey). When baked, the mixture should still appear slightly tacky when a skewer is inserted into the centre. To avoid overcooking the brownies, turn off the oven and leave the brownies inside for another five minutes to allow them to cook on slightly. After five minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool fully in the tin.

9 To portion, lift the brownies in the parchment onto a work surface, use a large knife to cut crossways into approximately 12 squares.

Variation: Substitute mini marshmallows instead of walnuts, for a kids party