The Perfect Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate brownies are the ultimate indulgence – and while debate rages over whether a chocolate brownie is a cake or a slice, nothing should distract you from the rich chocolatey goodness of the perfect chocolate brownie. The perfect chocolate brownie should be fudgy and have the right chocolate flavour without being too rich. It should be; moist in the middle, crunchy on the outside and slightly chewy. Try this delicious recipe to satisfy the chocolate craving today.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Makes: Approximately 15 brownies
430g (2 cups) caster sugar
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
80g (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
⅓ cup (35g) cocoa powder, sifted (optional to lightly dust your brownies)
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a 20 x 30cm slab pan with non-stick baking paper.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the sugar. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and stir until mixture is thick and glossy texture.
3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder over the egg mixture and stir until well combined. Add in one tsp of vanilla essence. Spread over the base of the prepared pan.
4. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan to cool completely this should take around 5 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.
For gluten-free brownies substitute the plain flour with gluten-free flour. Try adding double chocolate, chocolate chip, chilli chocolate or walnuts to put your own spin on this classic recipe.
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