For as long as I have been baking I have always searched for easy everyday baking recipes that I knew would work every single time. Of course I love challenging myself, whether that is with flavours, different decorations or simply by merging different recipes to make one killer cake (I have made some strange mixes, some which have worked but others which I would rather not talk about ever again!!), but there is something so important about having a collection of simple favourites which will always go down a treat. If you haven’t already noticed, joannascorner now has a food and drink category on the homepage where you can look forward to seeing both simple favourites, as well as more obscure and different recipes, from baking, to cocktails, to dinner parties. I figured I would use this category to push myself to learn new things, be more experimental and daring with flavours and techniques and this will allow me to have a place to share my new discoveries.
Today’s recipe is one of my favourites and I have been making these brownies for years and years without fail. The reason I love this recipe so much is not down purely to it’s simplicity, but is actually because you can switch it up slightly in terms of the way it is baked, and what you serve it with, to make it seem different every time. It is definitely worth making these a few times to figure out whether you like them slightly soft in the centre, or whether you prefer them in the oven slightly longer. But trust me, once you have these brownies nailed down, all your friends will come running around!!!
What you will need:
– 250g Caster Sugar
– 3 Large Eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
– 60g plain flour
– 70g cocoa powder
– 1 tablespoon oil
– Pinch of salt
– Greased brownie/baking tin
How you will get these ingredients to create chocolate goodness…
– Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan Assisted/ Gas Mark 4.
– Mix the sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and oil in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
– In a separate bowl, add the flour and cocoa powder together and stir together until evenly mixed.
– Add the flour and cocoa powder mix to the other bowl of ingredients slowly, mixing at intervals until smooth. The mixture should drip off the whisk, but not be a liquid consistency. If there are slight clumps this does not matter as they will dissolve themselves when in the oven.
– Pour the mixture into your baking tin, making sure you have greased the inside beforehand to enable a swift and easy removal of the cake once baked.
– Bake between 18-25 minutes depending on whether you want the insides to be slightly soft or fully baked through. Once you remove it from the oven, use a clean knife to check whether the brownies are baked. If the knife comes out clean, they are ready! (note that if you are looking for a slightly soft texture, the knife does not have to be completely clean).
– Cool on a cooling rack before serving.
As I said earlier, although this chocolate brownie recipe is incredible simple to make, it can be served with a range of different fruits, ice cream or whipped cream. Sometimes even with all three, I mean there are no rules!!!! This has definitely got to be one of my most popular recipes with friends and family, most having the preference of a slightly gooey middle… it is incredible especially with ice cream!!
Please do let me know if you try this recipe as I would love to see how it turns out and what you all think!! I am excited to share some of my other recipes with you, I have a few cool cocktail combinations coming up so watch out for those in a few weeks!!! But for now enjoy some brownie goodness…