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
150g unsalted butter
300g light brown muscovado sugar
75g cocoa powder, sifted
150g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
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.