No superlatives needed, there is nothing quite as comforting as a good brownie. Have it hot or cold, alone, with a tall glass of milk or my favourite, a hot cup of coffee. Since there are so many variations you can do with brownies, everyone has a preference. Personally, I like them thick and fudge-like with lots of dark chocolate and a hint of espresso. If you're like me then here's a brownie recipe perfect for you.
I first found this recipe on Cookie and Kate (who adapted it from Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts and King Arthur Flour) and I've been making it this way ever since. Now, I'm sharing it with you so you can try it for yourselves. Yes, box brownies are easy but honestly, the hardest part about this is browning the butter (which you can skip if you can't be bothered), and really, it isn't all that hard. Of course, I insist that this tastes so much better than the box variety. So promise me you'll give it a go!
10 tbsps unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
2/3 cups flour
1. Preheat oven to 160˚C, line your baking pan with parchment paper and grease the paper with butter.
2. Mix together your sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
3. In a saucepan, melt your butter, whisking constantly until it browns (see photo above).
4. Mix your butter in with your dry ingredients. Add in the vanilla extract and let it cool down a bit.
5. Add in one egg at a time.
6. Slowly incorporate the flour, mixing until there are no more streaks.
7. Optional, at this point you can personalise the brownie to your liking, I threw in some chopped dark chocolate. You can also add espresso, nuts, fruits, or leave it plain. Whatever you like.
8. Transfer the mixture to the lined baking pan and bake for 25 minutes.
My nephew helped my out with these and insisted on take photos in the end just like I was doing. Then he proceeded to stuff this face with them! You know you did good when the kids like it!
With the dark chocolate bits I consider this to be a more grown up brownie. I'm already thinking of making a version with marshmallows or m&ms to make it more kid friendly.
What would you personalise your brownie mix with? And do you like them fudgey like I do? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear how you like your brownies!
And of course, if you try this (and you really must) take a photo and tag me on Instagram or Twitter @jackkayephoto #TheSundayProject!