Makes: 16 square brownies
- 185g unsalted butter
- 185g high quality dark chocolate (I use 85%)
- 85g plain flour
- 40g cocoa powder
- 100g white OR milk chocolate
- 3 large eggs
- 275g golden caster sugar
- Chop the butter and dark chocolate into chunks and add to a glass bowl.
- Fill a small saucepan about a quarter full with hot water, sit the bowl on top and melt over a medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the bowl once it’s all melted and mixed and set aside to cool.
- Get a shelf ready in the middle of your oven and preheat to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4
- Line and grease a shallow 20cm square tin
- Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl, ensuring any lumps are gone.
- Chop the white and milk chocolate into small pieces
- Break the eggs into a bowl and add the sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy like a milkshake.
You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture becomes really pale and about double its original volume. Another check is to turn off the mixer, lift out the beaters and wiggle them from side to side. If the mixture that runs off the beaters leaves a trail on the surface of the mixture in the bowl for a second or two, you’re there.
- Pour the cooled melted chocolate over the eggy mousse and gently fold with a spatula. The idea is to mix the two without losing the air so do this very gently and as slow as you like.
- Add the cocoa/flour mix and fold gently again until it’s all mixed in. Make sure you don’t over-mix it.
- Add the chocolate chunks and stir them through evenly.
- Pour the batter into your prepared tin and use a spatula to gently even out the top so it’s level.
- Put in the oven and set an alarm for 25 minutes. When the time is up, open the oven, pull the shelf out a bit and gently shake the tin. If the brownie wobbles in the middle, it’s not quite done, so slide it back in and bake for another 5 minutes until the top has a shiny, papery crust and the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin.
- Repeat as many times as necessary.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool completely in the tin before cutting it into squares.