Standby brownies


I can’t take all the credit for this recipe, as a matter of fact, I don’t think I can take ANY credit at all 😉

I found this recipe one time, while looking for a brownie recipe on a cocoa powder base.. as everyone knows chocolate is a girl’s best friend and often I find myself out of dark,cooking chocolate when I need to make chocolate cake or brownies.

Cocoa powder however..I always have on hand. All the ingredients you need, you probably already have on hand, so it’s a great recipe to keep around, it’s done in 35-40minutes start to finish, it’s very versatile, so you can whip it up in no time if you have unexpected guests or you’re just craving something dark,chocolatey,fudgy and rich 🙂

ingredients: (serves 16)

150g of butter

275g of caster sugar(I use half caster sugar half brown sugar , for some extra flavour)

3 eggs

80g of flour

1 tsp of vanilla extract

75g of cocoa powder (not the instand cocoa, cooking/baking cocoa powder type!)

pinch of salt

1)      take your butter,salt,sugar,cocoa and put into a deep , heavy base pan, turn the heat on medium and stir until everything is combined and the butter is melted. You can add a tablespoon or two of water if you have a hard time stirring it because it’s too thick.

2)      once everything is melted,combined and reasonably smooth, let it cool for a few minutes, before whisking the eggs in- do it one by one,to prevent any scrambling. whisk well in between, just to combine everything evenly.

3)      when your eggs are whisked in – add the vanilla and the flour. stir in. pour it into a well greased brownie tin/form, lined with baking paper. bake for 35min in 160C (hot air oven) or until it’s just set. let it cool completely before cutting. cut into 16 even squares, decorate with powdered sugar just for a nice,snowy effect 😉

tips:  use this easy recipe as a base and pimp it out any way you want! add raspberries,blueberries,nuts,chocolate chips or a chocolate topping.  It’s delicious on it’s own, but I’m sure the additions and little tweaks can only make it taste even better! enjoy;)

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