Woooooooooah. Brownie O’Clock. Not sure what it is, but when it comes to baking on a Friday, I am compelled to make brownies. I’m conditioned. And this is no bad thing. Brownies are fun, brownies are all about the party, they embody Friday for me. Maybe it’s their fail-safe nature, you know that even after a long week you can make some brownies stress-free and enjoy the results.
(from Nigella’s Kitchen)
- 150g unsalted butter
- 300g light brown muscovado sugar
- 75g cocoa powder, sifted
- 150g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- pinch of salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- approx. 150g milk chocolate, chopped into small nuggety chunks
- icing sugar, to dust (optional)
1x25cm square x 5cm deep foil-lined baking tin or 1 foil tray, approx. 30 x 20 x 5cm
- Preheat the oven to 190degreesCelcius/gas mark 5. Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a medium-sized saucepan.
- When it’s melted, add the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon (still over a low heat) to help it blend with the melted butter.
- Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, bicarb and a pinch of salt, and then stir into the pan; when mixed (this will be a very dry mixture, and not wholly blended at this stage), remove from the heat.
- In a bowl or jug, whisk the eggs with the vanilla extract and then mix into the brownie mixture in the pan.
- Stir in the chopped chocolate and quickly pour and scrape into a foil-lined baking tin or throwaway foil container, spreading the mixture with a spatula, and cook in the preheated oven for approx. 20-25 minutes. It will look set, dark and dry on top, but when you feel the surface, you will sense it is still wibbly underneath and a cake tester will come out gungy. This is desirable.
- Transfer the tin to a rack to cool a little before cutting into 16 and dusting with icing sugar.
MAKE AHEAD NOTE The brownies can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in airtight container. Will keep for a total of 5 days. FREEZE NOTE The brownies can be frozen for up to 3 months in airtight container, layered with baking parchment. Defrost overnight in cool place.