The Great British Bake Off continues to captivate us along with the rest of the nation. Those ambitious cakes, buns and breads have got us craving our own slice of kitchen creativity.
Some of the showstoppers from this series have been truly inspired (Luis’ epic dragon battle scene made from biscuits, anyone?), but occasionally it’s fun to take a leaf out of Norman’s cookbook by making something simple that tastes out of this world.
These brownies are a great example of that – my mum makes them whenever I visit home, and they’re so unbelievably scrummy that I had to share the recipe with you. For chocolatey, fudgy, melt-in-your mouth goodness that even Paul Hollywood couldn’t find fault with, follow the simple recipe below.
(makes 8 big brownies or 16 bitesize brownies)
200g dark chocolate
3 medium eggs
250g caster sugar
112g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Before you start, preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade and line a deep baking tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Using an electric whisk, beat together the eggs and sugar for two to three minutes, until pale. Add the melted chocolate (oh boy…) and continue mixing until it’s blended in.
3. Sieve the flour and then add it to the mix with the salt and vanilla essence, stirring well to ensure that there are no lumps. It will look seriously irresistible at this point, so we don’t blame you if a couple of spoonfuls go missing…
4. Resisting the urge to eat the entire mix, pour it into the tin you prepared earlier and bake for 35 minutes. Once baked, the top will be cracked and flaky, looking just as yummy as it tastes.
5. Turn out from the tin and leave to cool, before cutting into squares (bigger is better in our opinion, although miniature brownie bites are fun too). Alternatively, serve when they’re still warm from the oven with a generous dollop of our homemade ice cream (find the recipe for that here).
We really do believe that these are the best brownies in the universe, but if you think you can top them, share your best bakes with us on Twitter or in the comments below.