Okay, so I’m going to try something a little different over the next week or two. It occurred to me that most of those amazing dessert recipes you find are really just a few simple recipes thrown together. So let’s do just that. I’m going to give you recipes for three sweet, simple goodies and at the end, put them all together for something special.
First up, we have ridiculously easy, and oh-so-chocolatey Brownies.
What You Need:
- 1 ¼ cups of butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups of plain flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 cups of caster sugar
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 cup of cocoa (use the best quality you can)
How It’s Done:
Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees C. Melt the butter in the microwave, being careful not to burn. Add to a large mixing bowl – I used my electric mixer with a stir attachment, but these could just as easily be done by hand, probably with less mess (see pic below!). Add cocoa, then sugar and eggs – one at a time. If using an electric mixer, give a quick blitz for a few seconds between each addition. Stir in the flour. If you are using an electric mixer, remember to use the spill guard, or, like me you’ll end up with flour everywhere.
Bake for aprox. 30 minutes in a greased slice tin – I used a pan about 15cm by 25cm. Remember, brownies don’t spring back quite like a cake when tested, so be careful not to overcook. Allow to cool on a rack for 20 minutes, then slice and serve…although they’re pretty delicious served warm!
I served mine with a sprinkling of icing sugar, strawberries from my garden and a little chocolate sauce.