About 4 years ago my husband asked me to make him his favourite baked good; chocolate brownies. I never understood why he like them so much. To me brownies were just glorified pieces of chocolate cake. I'd made many a chocolate cake for him before, but brownies were still his favourite, so of course I had to make them.
I did a lot of research and looked up many different recipes. It seemed that everybody had a different take on what the perfect brownie should be like. Many really did look like chocolate cake while others had a very gooey centre. It became apparent that I'd have to try a recipe to figure out what would work best. Well that is exactly what I did and I'm happy to share with you what I think is the best brownie recipe.
To me a good chocolate brownie is firm on the outside and fudgey on the inside. When you bite in to it, you get a crunch first then a dense rich chocolate middle. It should have an indulgent chocolate taste and not be extremely sweet. This brownie is exactly that.
This recipe is simple and pretty much foolproof. The quality of the chocolate you use in this recipe will dictate how good your brownies are. I wouldn't recommend using baking chocolate as it just doesn't yield the same texture. Use the best chocolate you can find and make sure it's dark. Nothing less than 50% dark chocolate should be used, else you will end up with a very sweet brownie.
Makes 8-12 slices
175g butter, coarsely chopped
175g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (at least 50% cocoa solids)
1½ cups caster sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
½ cup chocolate chips, optional
½ chopped walnuts, optional
Heat oven to 160ºC fan bake. Line a 17cm x 27cm slice tin with nonstick baking paper. A 20cmx20cm tin will work as well however the brownies will be very thick.
First you need to melt your chocolate and butter together. You can do this using a bain marie which is a bowl over a saucepan of just simmering water. You can also do this is the microwave using 20 seconds bursts to avoid the chocolate from burning. Once melted and combined, add your sugar and mix. Next add your eggs and mix it until combined. This will take a little while.
Sift your flour and cocoa powder together, then stir into chocolate mixture. Lastly, gently stir in chocolate chips and nuts if you're using it.
Pour into prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour or until an inserted skewer comes out moist but clean. Cool, then remove from tin and cut into slices. Serve with vanilla ice cream!