Best brownies

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    These gooey, decadent brownies never fail!

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    Serves: 16 

    • 125g (4¼ oz) butter
    • 200g (7 oz) caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 5 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
    • 60g (2¼ oz) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • For the icing
    • 50g (2 oz) butter, softened
    • 3 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 125g (4¼ oz) icing sugar

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease and flour a 20cm square baking tin.
    2. In a large saucepan, melt 125g butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 5 tablespoons cocoa, 50g flour, salt and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared tin.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.
    4. To make icing: Combine butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla and icing sugar. Ice brownies while they are still warm.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. These brownies are magnificent!!! I mean "melt in your mouth" and I didn't even make the icing. I doubled the recipe and it still won't be enough. There are a few tips that will ensure your brownies are not cakey. I do not use a mixer because you can overmix your batter and whip too much air into the eggs. This makes your brownies have a cakey texture. Mix everything by hand in a bowl and lightly beat your eggs before adding them to the mixture. Gently stirring everything together makes them turn out better as opposed to franticly beating the mixture.  -  21 Jul 2008


    Something else. I doubled the recipe for a party, and everybody loved them! The problem with the icing is that you need to halve the amount of icing sugar and melt the butter. This makes a glaze that you can spread on top. It hardens into a beautiful, shiny icing. Note: 1. These are neither "cake" brownies nor "fudge" brownies; they fall somewhere in between. If you must have one or the other, then this recipe is not for you. 2. Yes, the icing is sweet. If you like icing, then add it, if not, leave it off.  -  21 Jul 2008


    These are great!  -  21 Jul 2008