Perfectly Chocolatey Brownies

There is nothing more satisfying than sinking your teeth into gooey, chocolatey brownies… I like them with a rich flavour, but not too sickly sweet. My recipe is so easy – and just one pan, spoon and tray is involved (so hardly any washing up!). Bake these for a birthday, pudding or just a special snack. Make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start cooking.

Perfectly Chocolatey Brownies
Makes 15

You need:
175g/6oz dark chocolate
175g/6oz softened butter
200g/7oz sugar (caster or granulated)
2 large eggs OR 3 small eggs
125g/4.5oz plain flour
white chocolate chips and pecans (optional)

1) Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan. In a large pan, melt the chocolate and butter together on a low heat until melted and smooth.

2) Take off the heat and stir in the sugar – don’t worry if it’s grainy. Add the flour and finally, stir in the eggs until everything is thoroughly combined. If you want, add a couple of handfuls of pecans/walnuts and stir in.

3) Spoon the mixture into a tin (about 30cm x 25cm x 5cm), lined with greaseproof paper and flatten the top. For extra indulgence, sprinkle white chocolate chips liberally over the top. Then just pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes (if you like them gooey bake for 25 mins, if you like them slightly firmer bake for half an hour). Take it out of the oven, leave to cool. Once cool, cut into 15 squares and dust with icing sugar for that classy look.

I’m lucky if these last more than two days in my house – we eat them warm with vanilla ice cream for pudding, or my sister takes them into school for her snack. They’re ridiculously delicious and easy; once you’ve made this recipe, you’ll never need another brownie recipe again. Well what are you waiting for?

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