How do you eat your Brownies?

Baking is about the only domestic activity that I tolerate.  I'd rather watch a spider crawl up a wall than hoover up the cobwebs.  But baking is different.  The kids can join in, it's therapeutic and who notices what a house looks like when it smells of chocolate and sweet treats are cooling on the counter?

And they're great as gifts.  Which is how I found myself driving out to the country to see a good friend with my two littlies in tow and a plateful of chocolate brownies.  It was great to get out of the house and out of the city for a few hours, and chat to someone in real life and to meet her children properly.  But it looks like my Brownies may have made a better impression on the children than I did: apparently they want more, and so here is the recipe:

Chocolate Brownies

The most important ingredient is the chocolate: Scotbloc or Cadbury's will not work as the sugar content is too high and the Brownies will burn.  Ideally use a good quality cooking chocolate - Lidl sells one with a 52% cocoa content - or a good dark chocolate, but not more than 72% cocoa content or the Brownies will taste bitter.


4oz (or 110gms) butter or a cooking margarine like Stork
4oz chocolate
2 eggs, whisked
8oz castor sugar
2oz chopped walnuts
4oz plain/cream flour
1/2 tsp baking powder


...Grease a shallow oblong tin: I use a 7 x 11 inch non-stick lasagne tin.

...Put the oven on at 180 degrees C.or 350 degrees F.

...Using a medium sized saucepan melt the butter/margarine and chocolate over a very low heat, stirring regularly.  Or you can use the pan over hot water method to melt the chocolate, but I don't find it necessary.

...Take the pan or bowl off the heat and stir in the eggs, sugar and walnuts.

...Finally fold in the sieved floor and baking powder with a metal spoon and do not overmix.

...Pour into the tin and spread if necessary.

...Bake for 30 minutes.  They are ready if a knife is inserted and it comes out clean.

...Leave in the tin for 10 minutes.

...Cut up and cool on a wire rack.

...They keep fine in a biscuit tin for a number of days, but I've never discovered exactly how long...

And how to eat them?  They're delicious hot or cold, with ice-cream, cream, dusted with icing sugar, or just plain with a cup of tea.  How do you eat yours?

NB Not sure if I can eat these on the C-Plan diet, but perhaps they can count as cake?


  1. Cheers my dear :-) This will be a favourite in our house, oh and by the way L said that you were a lovely lady so I think it wasn't just the brownies that made a impression. xxx

  2. I think maybe "chocolate brownies" will work. They look so good!

  3. Eh...with wine of course, to answer your question like!

    Thanks for the recipe...I'll be baking them. (Don't forget to post about your 3-2-1's too;-)

    xx Jazzy

  4. OOhh I do like mine warm with ice cream!!! Lovely :)
    Looks a great recipe so may try it with the boys.......they probably won't look as good though LOL x

  5. Oooh, those look yummy! I am a certified, non-recovering chocaholic. I definitely need to try your recipe.

  6. @Andra - Aww thank you xxx

    @Lizbeth - Excellent

    @Jazzy - Another excuse to cook and write up recipes, yaay xx

    @mum in meltdown - hope they turn out well x

    @Apples and Autobots - these are perfect for chocoholics x

  7. I adore brownies...I make the Nigella recipe. I love them warm and fresh out the oven. Stomach is rumbling now!

  8. @SAHMlovingit - *looks hurt* Are you saying my recipe is not good enough? *looks hurt* :)