So today I attempted brownies for the first time and I must say I am rather impressed. I am a really strange cook/baker as I tend to whip things together with no recipe or plan and it normally works out OK. I wanted to share the recipe I used as it was pretty good and I have added (sadly only cellphone) photographs of what they mine look like!
150g Unsalted Butter
1 1/4 Cup Caster Sugar
3/4 & 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Flour
*Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
1. Place butter, sugar, salt and cocoa in a bowl. Place this bowl over a simmering pot to warm up the ingredients. Mix this all in until smooth (will be a little grainy still, but that is OK).
* If you find it is not going smooth you can add a little water to move it along just not too much.
2. Take the bowl off the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add vanilla essence. Then beat in both eggs, one at a time. The mixture should begin to get a bit smoother.
3. Beat in the flour until all mixed together. At this point you can add any extras you might want to such as nuts, chocolate chips, cherries, coconut, fudge bits... I added some chocolate chips and some chopped pecan nuts.
4. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tray and place in the oven for about 20 mins. I find this is the part I play with the most - if I want my brownies more chewy I take them out promptly after 20 mins. Mine came out chewy inside with a crunchy top. Yum!
Give it a try if you want and let me know what you think!
P.S. My whole house smells of chocolate brownies tonight and it is the best :)