This recipe is not for the fainthearted. It’s rich and buttery and oozes with two types of chocolate, making it rich and slightly gooey with a very chocolatey depth of flavour.
As with many of our chocolate cake recipes, these brownies contain more than 25 per cent chocolate, and the fact that we bake the equivalent of 3,000 chocolate bars every week should suffice as proof that this recipe is a hit.
Timing is crucial to the success of a brownie: a few minutes too long in the oven will make them rise and give them a spongy texture. It’s worth remembering that they continue to cook for a little while after being removed from the oven. Catch them earlier rather than late!
With a bit of practice you will be able to create freshly baked brownies in less than 30 minutes. They are best eaten fresh, and delicious served with ice cream or a dollop of thick double cream.
Makes 8 large, 16 medium or 32 cocktail-sized brownies
3 medium eggs
275g caster sugar
175g salted butter
200g dark chocolate
(54–60 per cent cocoa solids), chopped into small pieces
100g dark chocolate
(70 per cent cocoa solids), chopped into coffee-bean-sized pieces
175g plain flour
Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Line a 20cm x 34cm baking tray with baking parchment.
Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and give a few whisks with a hand whisk or electric beater, then set aside. This helps the sugar start to dissolve.
Put the butter in a pan and leave over a medium heat until it has completely melted and small bubbles are just beginning to rise to the surface; be careful not to let it boil. Turn off the heat, then add all the 54–60 per cent chocolate and a third of the 70 per cent chocolate. Stir until melted.
Whisk the eggs a little more until they start to get paler, then whisk in the chocolate mix to make a smooth paste. Sift in the flour and stir gently with a spatula until completely combined. Finally stir in the remaining pieces of chocolate.
Pour the mixture into the lined tray and level with a spatula or palette knife. Bake for 18–20 minutes, until the brownies have reached the stage where the edges are starting to rise and crack slightly and the centre is soft to the touch but not liquid. Remember they do cook on even after they come out of the oven.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tray.
Cut into 8 large squares, 16 medium triangles or fingers, or 32 mini brownies. They should have a soft centre and chocolate fudge cake appearance when cooled.
If they are too spongy, reduce the baking time by a minute or two on your next attempt.