Brownies are my absolute favourite treat in the world, but it’s really hard to find good ones. The secret is to use (plain/dark) chocolate rather than cocoa powder, and light brown sugar rather than caster sugar. These are absolutely gorgeous – chewy, soft, gooey perfectness. The Mars Bar was a cheeky addition – there’s been one in our fridge for weeks and it was time I did something with it. The brownie recipe was taken from here.
To make 15 good sized brownies
- 125g dark chocolate (I used Bourneville and I also used about 150g just to make them even more chocolatey)
- 175g butter or margarine
- 3 large eggs
- 275g light brown sugar
- 75g plain flour
- 1 level teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 – 2 Mars bars chopped up (optional), or nuts, or chocolate chips (I don’t have amounts for the nuts or chocolate chips, but the more the merrier perhaps!)
- Oven set to 180 c / 350 f
- Melt the butter and chocolate – break the chocolate into squares, and place it with the butter in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (without the bowl touching the water). Stir gently until it has melted then remove from the heat. This can also be done in the microwave, just do it in short bursts and keep checking or it will burn.
- Next whisk the eggs and sugar lightly together – but don’t overdo this.
- Stir the egg mixture and all the other ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and any extra nuts or chocolate) into the melted chocolate mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a lightly greased tin and bake near the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes until springy in the middle. I cooked mine for 25 because I like them squidgy.
- Now for the hard bit – leave the cake in the tin to go completely cold before cutting or they will fall apart. Or just do it while it’s warm and just eat the broken bits as they come out – this is clearly the better option.