Quick & Easy Chocolate Brownies

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

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Last year, I posted a recipe for Chocolate Brownies but lately, I've been on a quest to try different versions in order to locate one that not only tastes good but can be whipped up quickly. This American half cookie half cake concoction was purportedly to be invented by a housewife in the US back in the early 20th century.  However, the history behind chocolate brownie is still shrouded in mystery as there are many variations to its origin.


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The high chocolate and butter content to flour creates a moist cake with a crunchy exterior. The most important thing to remember is not to overcook the brownie as it's meant to be slightly fudge like. This is an adaptation of Jo Pratt's from her book  "In the Mood for Food". I've made a number of changes to the recipe to suit my palate. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Ingredients 

200g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped (or just smashed with a rolling pin in its packaging)
3 large eggs
220g caster sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
125g plain flour
a pinch of salt


Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ fan 160 C/ fan 4.

2. Grease and line the baking tin with greaseproof or parchment paper.  You can either use a 20cm x 30cm and 3cm - 4cm deep rectangular baking tin or in my case, the batter was enough to make 12 cupcakes for the kids as well as plenty left for 16cm x 22cm pyrex tray.

3. Melt the butter and chocolate either in a bowl over a pan or simmering water or gently in the microwave.

4. With an electric hand whisk, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until they are lovely, thick and creamy. Mix in the melted chocolate and butter. Mix in the melted chocolate and butter. Finally stir in the flour and salt.

5. Pour into the baking tin and cook for about 25 minutes until the top is cracking and the center is just set. Leave to cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

Happy Baking!

19 comments:

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  2. You bake from scratch? - that is sooo impressive (sorry had to delete above comment - loads of spelling mistakes...)

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    1. Believe it or not, this is incredibly easy. I tend to hunt down and simplify recipes.

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  3. I love Brownies! I'm going to try and make these. They look so yummie.
    Best, M.

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  4. Okay, so I'm totally in the mood for brownies now! One of my all-time fave treats! These look/sound absolutely delicious!! Totally got to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    xxTheresa

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  5. oh, thanks for giving me ideas for my son's bday party. I'll try your recipe on tuesday, thanks:)
    hugs from freida

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    1. Freida, these are super easy to make. Hope they are a hit at your son's birthday party.

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  6. hi dear!!!

    just looking at those photos makes me want to eat them!!! yum yum yum!!! i also love baking brownies and i love when they're crunchy outside although i have to overcook only the half since hubby doesn't like it too much...

    take care. xoxo,M

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  7. your recipe is almost indentical to the one i always use for brownies. always a winner.

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  8. Oh these look delicious! I always get brownies at Starbucks here, because it`s the only place that sells them (yes, I could easily make them), but they are not that good. I might make this recipe at the weekend!

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  9. I dont even remember when was the last time I made brownies from scratch. Your recipe seems easy enough for a lazy baker like myself who tends to open a pre-mixed package and call it a day. I am all fired up now, perhaps i should whip it this weekend. Thank you so much for always sharing the yummy goodness :)

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    1. I'm a lazy baker! In fact, I used to call myself the lazy cook. I often find that the best tasting food is always the easiest to make.

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  10. Brownies from scratch. You put me to shame! :) Seriously, one of my DD's favorite things in the world is to bake brownies with me but I just use Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge mix. We will have to try this one.

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    1. Maria, I only ever put simple and straightforward recipes on the blog. Complicated ones bore me silly :) (says the girl who has the attention span of an insect). Lil L always badger me to make this just so that she can lick the batter (gross!).

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  11. What a great idea it is to bake brownies in cupcake cases - why have I never thought of that before?? They look amazing! You should rename your blog to chocolate brownies and candies, haha :)

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    1. hahahahaha.....I could NOT stop laughing. Chocolatebrowniesandcandies.com!!

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  12. Oh my goodness, those brownies look heavenly. I also have a fashion/food blog, so i enjoy seeing fashion as much as food posts. I love your blog, and it's minimalistic layout. Would love if you followed or stopped by mine sometime. have a great weekend! xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  13. These look absolutely amazing... Can't wait to try them! Love the photos too... They make me want to get into the kitchen to start creating beautiful food for photographing!

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