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The best chocolate brownie recipe

The best chocolate brownie recipe, The best chocolate brownie recipe


The best chocolate brownie recipe

The best chocolate brownie recipe, The best chocolate brownie recipe

My addiction is officially out of control! My brownie tin has been on a ridiculously fast rotation of late! I thought that putting pen to paper would be like some sort of admission, the start of my therapy, so to speak……sadly, it’s having the opposite effect. Damn! I think I might be one step away from hypnotherapy.

When I write up a recipe or post, there is, of course, the cooking, the tasting and the time spent tweaking. Then, there are the cooked goods sprawled across my benchtop – they are luring me in! These brownies look and taste so beautiful to me.

So I am back at my desk now. The models have had their photo shoot, and I now do my best to stop myself from making any more of a dent through the photographed platter of chocolate bliss. I need to knuckle down and write! Focus Nellie! But alas, all I can do is think of brownies. I think of the fudgy chocolate sophistication that is begging me for more! I love a brownie almost as one loves their own child! They are my weakness in the sweets department, well and truly.

So, let’s cut to the chase – do you like yours fudgy or cakey? I know that I cannot be swayed! If I want cake, I’ll eat cake!

When it comes to a brownie, I want fudgy, and I want an outer layer that is almost meringue-like – with a crumbly and yet chewy exterior!

Over the past few weeks, I have used every excuse under the sun to make a brownie – these range from the likes of releasing squeals of delight from my girls to a lovely friend who has just had a baby or the really nice computer guy who commented they were delish, and so I baked him his own batch and thrust them upon him the very next morning. I also love to enjoy them as the star of a humble dessert.

They can be ‘tarted up’ to beat the best of them! One of my faves is to enjoy them as part of a wonderful ice cream sandwich – homemade ice cream, fudgy middle of the brownie…………………off now for another piece. Avert your eyes! I think it’s time now for another ‘photo break’. Boring elevator music playing for you in the background as I gorge myself on yet another piece of brownie. Nausea will not set in for a little while. There is still time! Look away now, people! !!

I am sharing with you my top tips, ingredients and method to make yourself The best chocolate brownie recipe. I hope you adore it as much as I (clearly do).

Happy baking.




The best chocolate brownie recipe, The best chocolate brownie recipe

Top tips to make the best chocolate brownie recipe:

  • Use the best quality dark chocolate you can afford,
  • Use room-temperature eggs,
  • I don’t believe a baking agent should be added
  • Whisk the mixture for a full minute until glossy and smooth and pulling away from the sides of the bowl or saucepan – this is explained in the method, but I cannot stress enough how crucial it is.

The best chocolate brownie recipe

150g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
250g of the best quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
60g plain flour, sifted
A pinch of salt
1 cup (about 135 g) walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
(My children, although nut lovers, will not touch a brownie with a little nuttiness. I add 40g of roasted cocoa nibs instead – which is insanely good btw!)

Preheat oven 175° C.

Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper or 2 layers of foil. Lightly grease the baking paper or foil and set aside.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat. Add the vanilla and sugar and whisk until well combined.
Whisk in the eggs one at a time, until smooth, before each new addition. Sift in the flour and salt.

Now this part is really important: Whisk the mixture with gusto for 1 full minute. The batter will loose its graininess and becomes smooth and glossy. It will start to pull away from the sides of the saucepan. Please don’t stop whisking until this happens – crucial for a spectacular brownie!
Add the chopped nuts and or cocoa nibs and stir with a wooden spoon to gently combine.

Pour mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for about 30 minutes, until the centre feels almost set, do not over-bake. Test with a skewer – it should come out sticky, but not coated with raw mixture.

Allow to cool completely in the tin before lifting out the baking paper to remove the brownies. An alternative method and a great result is to prepare a roasting tin of iced water. When the brownies are ready, remove the tin from the oven and place in the cold water bath. Leave to cool for an hour before cutting into squares. Store in an air-tight container – should you have any left to store!

4 thoughts on “The best chocolate brownie recipe”

  1. Thanks Nellie

    I am veyr keen to know which chocolate you use please, as this might make all the diff to mine tasting as close to yours as is possible.

  2. OK Nellie, I’m hooked and will give Brownies a whirl! But, pardon my abject ignorance – do cocoa nibs go in a cocoa pen? Seriously though, have never heard of them and where does one find?

    1. Hi Robin
      You will love this brownie – I have no doubt! Cocoa nibs are roasted cocoa beans separated from their husks and broken into tiny pieces. They are the essence of chocolate and they add a gorgeous crunchiness and subtle chocolate flavor to baked goods . A great substitute for roasted nuts or chocolate chips, without added sweetness. All good deli’s, markets and good chocolate shopes should stock these. I get mine from the Essential Ingredient at the Prahran Marke,t most often. Enjoy. Nellie

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