Easy chocolate brownies

Easy chocolate brownies

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Makes
9
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Vanessa Levis

Nearly everyone loves this classic American treat. Brownies may vary greatly in richness. If you want them chewy and moist, use a 20 cm tin; if you want them cakey, use a smaller tin.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
185g dark chocolate, broken up
125g butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
220g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
150g plain flour
2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a deep 20 cm square cake tin and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water on low heat and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence. Fold through the flour and walnuts.
  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 20–25 minutes until the sides have shrunk slightly from the tin. Cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

Melting chocolate

  • Break up or grate chocolate first so it melts more evenly and quickly. Melt chocolate on a plate or in a bowl (preferably metal, which conducts heat better) over a pan of hot (barely simmering – never boiling) water. Keep it away from all moisture as even a droplet of water may cause it to ‘seize’ (stiffen and become grainy). Once this has happened you will need to start again with fresh chocolate.

    Chocolate can also be successfully melted in the microwave, on low heat in bursts of 1 minute or so. It will keep its shape even when melted, so stir until smooth. If melting butter and chocolate together, do so in the microwave on low heat, or melt the butter first in a small saucepan on the stovetop, then add the chocolate and stir until melted.
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