Classic Chewy Brownie

I made these a few days ago for a friend’s 17th birthday. To her and my surprise I’d never made brownies up until then, a staple in the baking world! This recipe is very simple and very tasty. Infact I sourced it from taste.com, so you’d hope that it was tasty. I had no dramas and have no suggestions for changes to the recipe so I shall just type it out as is. 

Here goes:

Ingredients 

125g unsalted butter, chopped

125g dark chocolate, chopped

3 eggs, lightly whisked

335g (1 1/2 cups) white sugar

115g (3/4 cup) plain flour

30g (1/4 cup) Dutch cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease a 20cm (base measurement) square cake pan and line with baking paper.

2. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water). Stir with a metal spoon until melted. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in egg, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt until just combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Set aside to cool completely.

The good thing about this recipe is you can play with it as much as you wish. For instance I thought I’d put some white choc chips on the top. They did however brown very quickly so this might not be the best idea for decoration, but you could also do things like incorporate nuts and dried fruit into the mixture. Next time I make these I am going to put pistachios and dried cranberries in the mixture, as it will be near christmas time, and well red and green make me think of Christmas. The point is you can do whatever you want in terms of decoration and adding flavour. 

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