Chocolate brownie recipe - by popular demand!
They are SO easy.....
Oven on to about 180-190oC (350 - 375oF, Gas 5 - 6) and line a shallow baking tin - 20cm x 30cm is a good size. I find the reusable silicon linings are ideal.
Melt 200g of dark cooking chocolate with 175g unsalted butter. I do this in a microwave, starting with the chocolate for about 3 minutes and adding the butter for the last minute as it takes less time to melt. DO keep a close eye and stir regularly. You can also do it in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Whilst this is melting, in a bowl measure out:
300g sugar, preferably caster but it doesn't seem to matter if it is granulated
100g plain flour
75g chocolate powder or cocoa which gives a better flavour
1tspn baking powder (don't worry if you miss this out - they will still be just as yummy!)
Beat 4 eggs together and mix all ingredients together well and pour into the tray.
Cook for about 20 mins. Take out and leave to cool completely before cutting. Sometimes I leave them to cool in the oven for a bit. Up to you really.
You could eat them warm with cream or icecream, maybe some raspberries. When cold they keep for a surprisingly long time.....in theory!
They can also be made in a coeliac friendly version - use a gluten free flour, leave out the baking powder and make sure you use cocoa rather than drinking chocolate. You really wouldn't know the difference!
So far I have experimented by adding brandied cherries, marshmallows, fudge, chocolate chips, nuts. All delicious. How could they not be?