Recipes

Sticky Chocolate Brownies

This is a dense, moist, chewy brownie, with a texture almost closer to fudge than cake. Use Silverwood’s 12x8 inch Eyecatcher Brownie tin for this quantity. (Warning: this is quite a big quantity. It’s the amount I make when I have to send home-baking to the school fundraising cake stall. It’s always a sell-out and makes me Most Popular Mum for about 20 minutes.)

Ingredients

  • 5oz unsalted butter
  • 6oz caster sugar
  • 6oz soft brown sugar
  • 7oz plain chocolate (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 6oz plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C for a fan oven), Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease a 12x8 inch Silverwood Eyecatcher Brownie tin and line with baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, chocolate and golden syrup into a heavy-based pan and heat gently, stirring until well blended. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Lightly beat the vanilla essence into the eggs. Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl, add the chocolate mix and eggs, folding together using a palette knife. (You can mix this in the saucepan with the chocolate mixture if the pan is large enough and has completely cooled, but I tend to hurry things along by quickly whizzing everything in an electric cake mixer while the chocolate is still a bit warm. If you do it this way, you must work fast to get the warm mixture in the oven otherwise it won’t rise much. Also, don’t put the eggs directly onto the chocolate mixture if it is still hot, or they will start to cook before you’ve blended them in.)
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes, until the top is crisp and the cake edges are starting to shrink away from the sides of the tin. The middle of the cake will still be soft to touch (and a cake tester is useless, because the cake should still be gooey in the centre).
  5. Allow to cool before removing from the tin, dust with cocoa powder if desired and cut into squares.

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