Lush, Gooey Chocolate Brownies!

Just as I decided to do a post on lush, gooey chocolate brownies, I was reminded of when getting bake sale notices from my children’s school made me break out into a sweat because I could’nt bake! Clearly, less in the know about how people turned their noses up at shop bought, I ended up sending a few boxes of supermarket goodies, which sadly never got sold! Whilst volunteering at one of these events I felt very sorry for my little cakes that were the last to go…well, they either got distributed amongst us volunteers or were the begrudging buy of a late mum toting a sulking child! 🙂  I remember telling myself that if I wanted to survive British schooling, I needed to learn to bake.  And so I did-(for a long time with my good friend, Betty Crocker!)

If I’m honest, I still have a small collection stashed away for one of those times when the need to be that sorta mommy comes a’callin’… <Smooths hair in place and grabs an apron!>

Anyhow, we live, we learn…and today, I catalogue something in the Tales of the Two-Left Spatula Kitchen that I think I’ve got down quite well! The ratio of gooey to chewy has been tweaked nicely, as many an imperfect batch has been made (and since it would really be so very wrong to throw away, has been had at the end of my many lo-0-ng days!) This week, I’ve come across a lovely farmer who delivers fresh eggs to me, straight from the farm so I know these are the best eggs I can cook with. His wife, very old-worldly tells me how brownies are really an American invention that she doesn’t make much but to always make sure  that I never bake with anything other than room temperature eggs..every little bit of advice comes in handy to a rookie cook like me!  I love it when I meet people who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, we are politically correct to a fault these days 🙂 She asked me to look at the real way early chefs cooked, like Delia Smith? I ask..”more like Fanny Cradock”, she replied! Fanny Cradock, Britains foremost TV Chef from the sixties is a hoot..if you fancy a few minutes of feeling like a nervous schoolgirl or a new bride in the ’60’s, catch her video here  –I assure you she’s anything but Nigella! It’s back to brass tacks and being told the ‘correct’ way to do things, none of our namby pamby “you’ll find your groove” baloney 😉 She also gives you an option to use ‘mouse-trap cheese’ if you run out of parmesan in most of her Italian recipes!! Go watch her, if only to step back into the less flamboyant past or be surreally thankful for foodstyling  😉

Getting back to the brownies, Here’s what you need :

oil, for greasing your brownie tray
175 g dark chocolate and 175 g milk chocolate broken into small pieces
250 g unsalted butter
3 eggs
250 g dark brown muscovado sugar
100 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2tbsp icing sugar to dust brownies once done

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When the surface begins to crack, it’s done!

Let’s get down to putting it together :

Heat the oven to 170°C Lightly grease a 22cm square cake tin.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
Whisk the eggs and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and stir to mix. Pour the mixture into the cake tin.
Place on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 35 minutes until the surface is set. It is cooked when it just starts to crack on the top. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely in the tin.
Slice the cake into squares and dust with icing sugar. Store in an air-tight container

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Enjoy lush, gooey chocolate brownies! 🙂

Enjoy with a nice cup of Hot Chocolate or a cafetiere of freshly brewed coffee!

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  1. Sowmya says

    Warm, gooey choco brownie – so been on my mind these past few days. This is a sign! I have to get my apron out! I will have to use demerara coz I don’t think muscovado is readily available here. And I usually add a splash of coffee liqueur just to give it that zing. Can’t wait!

  2. says

    One word – yum! Add a dash of clotted Cornish cream to serve and that would just about be perfect for me 🙂

  3. says

    Oh my goodness, these look delicious. I love a good brownie but am no baker, I think I will have to give these a try and, like Laura, serve with Cornish clotted cream. *tummy rumbles*

  4. says

    This is the first chocolate brownie recipe I’ve seen to tempt me away from our family favourite. I’ll give it a try this week with my eldest son before he returns to uni. I always tease him about chocolate brownies as he once made a complete hash of a batch he was cooking to take into school. It took him 45 minutes to mix them as he was chatting so much- they were a complete disaster so I had to mix up a new batch (in 5 minutes)!
    Love this post so much!

  5. says

    Those look amazing and well done for getting over your fear of cooking. I was much the same about baking til I had to ‘have a go’ with cooking stuff because my little boys adores ‘cheffing’ and was always wanting to cook stuff. Now I’ll give things a try and sometimes it turns out well, other times a disaster – but at least I learn from those disasters too. This week I’m feeling as stressed as someone on masterchef would be as we’ve got our cookery challenge on our nectar savvy blog so i’m really out of my comfort zone!!!

  6. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    Thanks so much, all you lovely people! 🙂 I feel a great sense of victory..though I’m miles away from being a confident cook. Frazzled Mum, I’m glad you enjoyed the bit about Fanny Cradock (frm your tweet!), I learn new things about Britain’s culinary history everyday! Look forward to hearing from all of you again, here and in your own space 🙂 . Much love, K.

  7. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    I would’ve never imagined that I’d see the day I blogged about my baking 😛 Thanks for that ! xx

  8. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    Doubt I’d ever master baking, but have nailed a few good recipes! Will be getting it around to everyone I know…haha! :). Thanks all of you for your lovely comments and for pinning the images! 🙂 x

  9. says

    Oh WoW, these look good. I completely agree about getting the ratio of chewiness right in a brownie. I did chuckle at your stash of Betty Crocker ‘Just in cases’. Thanks so much for linking up to #Bakeoftheweek

  10. Intrepid Misadventurer says

    Me neither and I’ve failed many times, but this worked a treat Mummywhiskers, give it a go! 🙂 Helen, in no hurry to let go of Ms. BC 😛 xx

  11. says

    wow these look utterly amazing!! i am a massive fan of brownies so will have to try them!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments


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