Chocolate Brownies Recipe

This fab recipe is another favourite from Nigella’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess. It’s really easy, and as you can see from the photos below, you can easily make it in a measuring jug so that it can be simply poured straight into a cooking dish. It’s up to you whether you opt to include nuts, chocolate chunks, raisins or nothing at all – I’m using white chocolate chunks here for an ultra-decadent treat. I usually do half portions for this, as the whole lot is a bit too much.

You will need
375g unsalted butter
375g dark chocolate
500g caster sugar
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
225g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
Walnuts, chocolate chunks or whatever else you want to put in them!

Start by lining the dish – grease with butter and use baking parchment as well. It just makes it easier to get them out! Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Step 1
Melt the butter and chocolate together. In the days before I had a microwave, I used to do this the old-fashioned way, by putting the chocolate and butter in a bowl and putting that bowl over a pan of boiling water. If you have a microwave, this is a much faster method!


Step 2
Put the sugar in a measuring jug and beat in the vanilla extract and eggs.


So that it looks like this.


Step 3
Mix in the melted chocolate and butter (having allowed it to cool slightly).


Step 4
Mix in the flour and salt and combine until smooth. At this point you can add the nuts, chocolate chunks or whatever else you want to include in it.


Step 5
I like to decorate the brownies with a chunk of chocolate on each one.


Step 6
Bake for about 25 minutes. The surface will look flaky and cracked. They’ll continue to cook once you take them out of the oven, so make sure they’re fully cooled before you attempt to take them out of the dish.


Originally published on Rachel’s Writings.

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