Immensely Chocolatey Fudge Brownies5/09/2012
There's been a lot of hard times around my family/friendship groups lately. I've been turning up everywhere the past few we...
Which is where the brownies come in. Now, I used to cook all my brownies from a box mix, and they were yummy enough, but it's just as much time & effort to make them from scratch. I've adapted this recipe from a very decadent chocolate recipe book, to my own tastes. Look how gooey they are inside!
The top is chewy, flaky & perfect, whilst the middle stays moist, gooey and rich. Now bare in mind, this makes a massive batch of brownies, the mixture I made this weekend made 75 in total! So if you haven't got people to see & a waistline to watch, I recommend halving the ingredients.
Of course, like every recipe I post, these are adaptable. You can shove nuts, fruits & fudges (ha) galore into these bad boys before they go into the trays. Be creative!
First off, I'm going to warm you about four things.
- Making brownies is messy and will leave lots of washing up.
- Making brownies is easier than people like to admit
- These are not fat free, sugar free, gluten free or calorie controlled in any way. Which let's be honest, we all need sometimes. What's life without the occasional bout of decadence?
- Use the best quality chocolate you can find, and make sure it's dark chocolate and not plain. I promise it will be worth it.
Ingredients you will need:
350g unsalted butter, chopped into smaller pieces
300g Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa at least)
450g Granulated Sugar
5 Large eggs, beaten.
220g Plain flour
Pinch of salt
Teaspoon soft brown sugar
Teaspoon vanilla extract
First off, preheat you oven to gas mark 4 / 180°c. Grease up three square tins (mine were about 22cm x 22cm) with baking paper.
Now using a porringer or if you don't have one of those a heatproof bowl on top of a pan of boiling water, (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water) Chuck in the butter & chocolate. Mix it until it's all melted & combined. Resist massive urge to dunk your face in this mixture. It smells amazing.
Once it's all melted, add the teaspoon of brown sugar, honey & vanilla extract and combine. Turn the heat off, but leave to one side. It will look like this:
Ahh man, look at it!!
In another bowl, (make sure it's big) beat the egg & sugar together until it is thick, pale and coats the back of a spoon. I'd use an electric whisk, unless you're like the hulk or something.
Next, beat the chocolate butter mixture from heaven into the egg/sugar mixture until it's brown & creamy. Sift the flour and salt together before beating that, bit by bit into the mixture.
If you want to add any nuts, fruit or bits and bobs, now would be the time. Make sure it's mixed in good.
Now pour the mixture evenly between the trays and pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes. There's a trick to getting the perfectly moist brownie.
The mixture shouldn't wobble when you bring it out of the oven, but still be gooey on the inside. The top should turn a light shade of brown and start to crisp on the top. Once you're happy with your brownies, bring them out and leave them to firm up for about 20 minutes before cutting in the tray. If you have trouble cutting them, like the mixture gathers up, pop them back in the oven for 5 minutes or so.
Cue stylish, edited food porn picture:
This mixture makes 24-30 large brownies or 60-70 small cubes of brownies. Perfect for tea parties, gatherings, birthdays & for a bunch of friends in need of a smile.
Hope you enjoy them, let me know!