Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Perfect Chocolate Fudge Brownie

I've always loved brownies, so of course I went to some lengths (a few years ago, now) to try and divine the perfect recipe. The 'best' recipe will always be subjective, of course, but if you like your brownies with a fudgey, gooey consistency then I think you'll struggle to beat this one. It's also surprisingly quick to make a batch.

Just looking at the quantities of butter and sugar, you'll realise that this isn't exactly health food. Sometimes, however, it's just what you need.

Walnuts are my favourite, but pecans or hazelnuts would also work really well. If you don't like nuts, you can replace them with chocolate chips, raisins, or cherries - in fact the only limit is your imagination.

Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Makes 12 large brownies

200g dark chocolate
200g butter
400g soft brown sugar
5 medium eggs
1tsp (5ml) vanilla essence
150g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
150g walnuts, chopped

  1. Melt the chocolate, and set aside to cool.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Break the eggs with a fork and add to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing slowly.
  4. Once the chocolate has cooled to room temperature, add to the butter/sugar/egg along with the vanilla.
  5. Fold in the flour and cocoa, to make a thick paste.
  6. Stir in the nuts.
  7. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined brownie tin, and bake for 30 minutes, or until the top has cracked.
  8. Cool in the tin, then slice to serve. They'll keep for a few days in the fridge.


Anonymous said...


They look lovely!

rosaria said...

Rachel, it's a great recipe! I don't dare make them in a household of pre and full diabetic folks. But, hey, it is a dessert, after all, and we all know that desserts are to be eaten in moderation.

The Smiths said...

They look great!

Kay :)

Kel said...

So not helping my diet. :) Looks so good!

Tabor said...

Oh dear, I guess I will have to try this...but we still have some strawberry muddle to finish!

Jenn Erickson said...

Mmm...that sounds like my kinda brownie!

Ginny said...

Oh, this looks so good, and my favorite are the fudgy ones. But all the measurements are in a form we don't know, we use cups and teaspoons. I always have this problem with recipes from other countires.

BECKY said...

Hi Rachel! Ooh, your brownies look so yummy. I'm sure I would love them. I prefer the chewy kind, too. And the flaky top just proves it's Just Right! :)

Johanna GGG said...

a good fudge brownie recipe is worth its weight in gold (except that it doesn't weight that much!)

fudgy sounds excellent to me - I'll have a slice or two please

Scientific Housewife said...

Looks delicious!

Deirdre said...

Oh my goodness... those sound delicious!!! I just might have to try this recipe. :)

A Cuban In London said...

I like me brownie thick, fudgey and gooey, so these ones are right up my street.

Great post. I'm still licking the screen of my PC. :-)

Greetings from London.

Mary said...

This really is a great recipe, I love brownies and can never have too many recipes with which to make them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

The Blonde Duck said...

Ben loves brownies, but I can't make them. They're always too squishy or burnt.

Beth Dunn said...

I've been craving brownies!

Louiz said...

sounds lovely:) Does the recipe work without the walnuts though, do you know, or is that an exercise for the reader?:)

Toni said...

Rach, that picture looks good enough to lick! Damn you - I'm trying to be healthy hehe x

Charlotte said...

Om nom... those look delish :) I actually made some brownies recently with beets and they turned out pretty good. Will have to try these!

XmercedesX said...

I replaced the nuts with bit of fudge.... I did put a bit less sugar in because of that - they were beautiful <3

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