Nigella’s Everyday Brownie Recipe

We are big fans of the brownie in this house and have tried and tested many recipes to find the perfect one. Up until recently I always used Nigella Lawson’s Snow Flecked Brownie recipe as it always produced delicious results. However, with ingredients including a massive 6 eggs, loads of chocolate and loads of butter and sugar it was a rather luxurious recipe for everyday life. Not good on the pocket or on the waistband! When I spotted a lovely Instagram friend sharing a photo of her fresh from the oven brownie I asked for the recipe. We tried and tested Nigella’s Everyday Brownie recipe and I must say these brownies were a definite hit!


Nigella’s Everyday Brownies

Nigella's Everyday Brownies


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 chunks

icing sugar to dust (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 190C.
  • 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, 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 baking tin and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • It will look set, dark and dry on top, but when you feel the surface, you will sense it is still wobbly underneath and a cake tester will come out gooey.  This is desirable.

I like to score where I’m going to cut up the brownies while it’s still in the tin before transferring to a cooling rack. When it has cooled a little more I cut it up into small pieces and dust them with icing sugar for serving. Though in our house there a usually a few missing already from little hands stealing bits before they even get to the table!

This brownie recipe can be found in Nigella’s ‘Kitchen’, obviously this isn’t my recipe I’m just sharing my take on it.

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  1. June 6, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    yummy! that is all….

    • butwhymummywhy
      June 6, 2013 / 8:15 pm

      They certainly are x

    • butwhymummywhy
      June 6, 2013 / 8:15 pm

      I did think that I should put some kind of warning at the start!! Oops 😉

      • Krithika
        May 10, 2014 / 4:47 am

        I completely forgot to add the plain flour. M playing the guessing game as to how it’s gonna turn out.. Poor me and the ones at home 🙁

  2. June 7, 2013 / 6:50 am

    Yum Yum Yum!!!

    Ive made Nigella’s cakes before and they are like death…. But taste so good! I may give this a try, Ive got the ingredients just need the chocolate!

    • butwhymummywhy
      June 7, 2013 / 6:22 pm

      Let me know how you get on! x

  3. Victoria
    July 15, 2013 / 11:04 am

    Delicious! I made these last night and have to dispatch them with my husband to his work for fear I will eat them all!

  4. Jo
    July 21, 2013 / 7:51 am

    Sack would eat these everyday if I let him!!!

  5. Jo
    July 21, 2013 / 7:52 am

    I mean zack!!! … Blinking spell correct!

  6. Tash
    October 11, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    From the picture do you line your tin with baking parchment? I think it would make a great difference in taking the brownies out but not sure how it would affect baking.

    • butwhymummywhy
      February 2, 2014 / 6:39 pm

      Hi, I’ve made it both ways but don’t think I’ve noticed a huge difference to the brownies. Maybe I’ll have to test it out again!

  7. February 2, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    My hubbie just found your recipe via google and we have enjoyed, thanks Morgana. I hope all is well with you, happy belated new year. Mich x

  8. dianemerle
    October 6, 2014 / 11:41 am

    These brownies are great tasting, but I don’t like the amount of sugar, can the sugar be reduced????

  9. Miriam Osner
    November 7, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    This is my Go To Brownie recipe. I play around with it though. Today I was making marmalade so I fished out some of the boiled-in-sugar-orange-peel and ground it up the food processor with some walnuts and added it to the main recipe (I took out the vanilla). I also substitute spelt flour as I’m trying to avoid wheat.
    It’s turned out to be completely delicious.

  10. June 22, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Oh I love Nigella recipes, they are so easy and she is anything but pretentious when it comes to her food. This is scrummy! H x

  11. JACKI
    June 14, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I just made this for my boys with Gluten free flour……it is sooooooooo good! Not sure if it will still be around for school lunches tomorrow though!!!!

  12. Deslie
    June 16, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Deeeelicious !!!

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