Chocolate Brownies

10 September 2012

Oliver has got a new obsession. He's in love with Kylie. As in Kylie Minogue, the Australian princess of pop. It all started back in June when we watched the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. As soon as Kylie came on the stage he was mesmerised. Then he went really giggly and coy. So I can only deduce that my three and a half year old son had got a crush on her. As I had recorded the concert, he then wanted to watch it over and over again. A couple of weeks ago I saw that Kylie's Aphrodite concert was on TV so I recorded it for him. BIG mistake! He wants to watch it all the time. As soon as he wakes up he asks to watch it. We have to ration it or he would watch it all day.

Now I've got nothing against Kylie. In fact, I was a big fan in the days of I Should Be So Lucky and Especially For You. I even went to one of her concerts about 10 years ago. But there are only so many times I can listen to it nowadays and I'm quite sick of her catchy tunes going round in my head when I'm trying to get to sleep or sat at my desk at work. And don't even get me started on her male dancers' gold sequin pants!

So one afternoon, I ensconced myself in the kitchen to block it all out and set to baking these little beauties. Chocolate brownies must be the ultimate chocolate lovers treat. These are particularly gooey, rich, sticky and wonderful. They taste divine. They lasted about 10 seconds in our house!

Chocolate Brownies

Makes 16 {or 9 if you want really big Brownies} 
Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes

225g dark chocolate {70% cocoa solids} roughly chopped
225g salted butter
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
200g light brown soft sugar
170g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat your oven to 160C {325F} Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 20cm square tin.

Gently melt your chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool.

Beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together until they look glossy and caramel coloured.

Pour the melted choc mix into the eggy/sugary mix and fold together until it's all incorporated. Don't overmix as you need the mixture to be light and airy. Sift in the flour and baking powder and gently fold together until  the flour has just disappeared. Again don't overmix it.

Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and pop into the oven for 30-35 minutes. A skewer inserted in the middle should come out with just a few cakey bits on it when ready

Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours before you even attempt to cut it. If you cut it up too soon, the brownie will leak all over the place. Just to be on the safe side I put the tin in the fridge for half an hour before cutting them.

Tip: If you like mega gooey Brownies go for the middle ones.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to give these a go, they sound really nice and don't look 'cakey'. I don't like my brownies to taste like cake! :)


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