Chocolate Brownies

These chocolate brownies are so simple to make and you can decorate them with any toppings you want, and add any extra flavours you want too. It’s essentially a base recipe for brownies for you to then customise as you wish!  Or if you don’t want to add any extras, they are great just as they are!

I made these particular ones for a Spring fair in order to help raise money for the Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds and they were definitely a favourite on the stall! My other cakes barely got a look in until these were all gone.

This recipe makes a 20cm (8 inch) square tin.

Ingredients

  • 335g Granulated Sugar
  • 115g Plain Flour
  • 30g Cocoa Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 125g Dark Chocolate
  • 125g Unsalted Butter

For the Topping

  • 90g Packet of Mini Eggs
  • 89g Mini Creme Eggs chopped in half

Method

  1. As always, the boring bit first! Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease and line a 20cm (8 inch) cake tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – sugar, flour, cocoa powder and salt. Then set aside.
  3. In a small bowl lightly whisk the 3 eggs until they’re just combined, and add the vanilla essence.
  4. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 20 second bursts in the microwave until melted. Be careful not to burn yourself or the chocolate! You can also use a bowl over simmering water if you’d prefer.
  5. Now whilst the chocolate and butter is still hot, quickly pour it into the dry mixture and add the egg/vanilla essence mixture and mix until it is all combined. Essentially you’re just mixing all the ingredients together in one big bowl!
  6. This is where you can add your choice of extras if you wish! You can add walnuts, white chocolate chips, cherries etc. or you can leave them as they are which is what I did.
  7. So if you are wanting plain brownies, then pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. If you want to add toppings, bake the brownies for 20 minutes, then take them out and add your toppings. Press them gently down so they are sitting securely, and then bake for the further 10 minutes. Don’t worry if they seem a little ‘squishy’ still, that will give them the soft chewy centre that we all love!
  8. To properly finish off these bad boys, after I took them out of the oven, I waited about 15 minutes for them to cool down slightly, and then drizzled melted milk chocolate over the top! 😍 Amazing!

These really are a chocoholics dream! Let me know what you think 🙂

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