For industrial strength brownie lovers, I dedicate this one. (Am I not sounding like Master Yoda?) I found Sue Lawrence's Book of Baking at our local library and just wanted to try *everything* in that cookbook, forgetting that my ancient oven is not really up to scratch. But since the peculiar characteristic of burnt edges and undercooked middle is perfect for brownies so I gladly made this one. It is indeed intensely chocolately and if that's what you fancy then welcome to this post. Maybe next time I'll try to play around with the chocolate and sugar proportions to tame the chocolate a little bit. My previous brownie recipe of Banana Nut Brownies is not far off from this. I imagine this would be great with milk, ice cream, strong tea or even stronger coffee.
350 g dark chocolate (60-70 per cent cocoa solids)
200 g unsalted butter
250 g [1 1/4 cups] dark muscovado sugar
3 large eggs
70 g [2/3 cup] plain flour - sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 170°C/fan 150°C/325°F. Butter bottom and sides of a deep 9-inch square baking pan.
- Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over simmering water in a saucepan. Stir and mix until smooth.
- In a container or bowl, combine well the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, put in the sugar, making sure to break up lumps if there are any.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add this to the melted chocolate; combine well.
- Add in the flour mixture, gently folding together.
- Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs. DO NOT OVERBAKE.
- Remove from oven and let cool for about 30 minutes. Cut into squares or desired serving sizes in the pan before allowing to cool completely. Remove from pan.