I can’t bake. I am more than capable of cooking anything savory be it a joint of roasted meat or a chunky soup but when it comes to anything sweet, my efforts all seem to be in vain. Despite following the recipe word-for-word, somewhere something goes wrong and a sponge that should be soft ends up hard or a biscuit that should be hard ends up a mousse.
This being said, I modified some ridiculously easy brownie recipes online to create one with what I had in the kitchen. I just had to try, especially seeing as I was going to a birthday party that evening!
easy gooey brownies
86g all-purpose flour
201g white, granulated sugar
48g cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
chopped nuts, cherries, chocolate chips (optional)
square baking tray (deeper is better)
baking paper (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 (180C/ 350F and line your tray with baking paper. If you don’t have any paper, you can grease the tray with non-stick cooking spray or margarine.
2. Cream together melted butter, eggs and sugar in the mixing bowl. It will be very thick in consistency but don’t panic!
3. Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder, mixing as you go. The mixture will be quite stiff now so add vanilla extract and mix as much as you can! (This would be the moment to add whatever extras you fancy putting into the mix e.g chocolate chips, nuts, fruit etc)
4. Spread the gooey mixture into the tray as evenly as possible.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. To check if they are cooked, use a skewer/toothpick/knife and poke into the top. If there are crumbs on it when you pull it out, the brownies are cooked. If the stick is still wet with mixture, you should leave them in the oven for a bit longer.
6. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave the tray until it is cool enough to handle. Next, remove from the oven tray and place onto a cooling rack until the brownie itself is cool enough to handle. Once cooled, cut into pieces and serve – maybe with some cream or ice cream?
My finished result was a very chewy, soft brownie with an almost fudge taste that went down a treat at the party!
Do you have any tips and tricks for making good brownies?
What easy recipes should I try next?
Let me know in the comments below!