The quest for the perfect brownies

Brownies can be AMAZING. But, they can also be a disaster – I’m thinking particularly of the pre-packaged ones which are little more than dried out cake.

I’m definitely a believer in fudgy brownies rather than cakey, and am always on the lookout for the ever elusive ‘perfect brownie’.

The snickers brownies I made were great, but a bit specialist to be my go-to recipe. The low fat brownies were also good, but not quite indulgent enough.

While blog browsing I’ve bookmarked lots of brownie recipes, but when it came to making some last week, it was Apple and Spice’s recpie which was chosen.

I agreed with Katie’s description of a good brownie, and decided to make them to take to the friendly pony’s work leaving party.

They were maybe a tiny, tiny bit undercooked, but that’s a million times better than overcooked when it comes to brownies, and they went down REALLY well at the barbecue. They’re definitely the best brownie I’ve made so far, although there are so many others I want to try it might be a while before I come back to these again…

Double chocolate brownies, slightly adapted from this recipe:

  • 140g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 85g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 90g milk chocolate, chopped
Heat the dark chocolate and butter over  a pan of simmering water until melted and stir to combine. Remove from the heat, then stir in the sugar. Beat in the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, until well mixed and glossy. Sift in the flour and baking powder, mix until fully combined, then add in the chocolate chips and mix again.
Pour into a greased and lined 8×8″ tin and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Mine took about 27, but I have a massively temperamental oven, so keep checking until a skewer comes out with s few sticky crumbs, rather than liquid batter on it. Leave to cool, then cut into 16 squares and serve.

6 thoughts on “The quest for the perfect brownies

  1. He he, us chocoholics are always after the perfect brownie. I’ve just made a batch, now cooling in the kitchen, but suspecting they won’t be the perfect ones. The last batch I made were the very best I’ve ever ever had (maybe), but haven’t posted about those yet. Yours look really good and I do like them slightly undercooked – fudgy definitely better than cakey.

  2. I look forward to seeing your post about the best ones ever! Now I just have the dilemma of whether to stick with ones I know are good or try different ones and risk failure….

  3. Since this conversation about brownies (sorry have only just got around to replying to your comment on my brownie post) I’m sort of wondering – very vaguely at the moment) if we shouldn’t have a Cornish Brownie Bake Off sort of thing or Cornwall and Devon or something. We could all make a batch of brownies, get people in to try them and vote for their favourite in number order. As I said, just and idea at the moment!!!

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