Easter is the perfect time to impress friends and family with your baking skills. While buying something and then modifying it to look like its homemade is one way, these quick and easy brownies will be a showstopper without cheating. Unless cheating is your thing, then you do you – we don’t judge.
But for everybody who is willing to put a little more effort into their contribution to the dessert table, here is my ultimate brownie recipe:
- 315g dark chocolate
- 130g butter
- 140g flour
- 210g sugar
- ½ tsp backing powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 package vanilla sugar
- 3 medium eggs
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- Additional chocolate for decoration
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Over a water bath, melt 200g of dark chocolate together with 120g of butter together until smooth. Let the mixture cool down.
Break up the remaining chocolate into small pieces – very fine chocolate will melt into the dough for a fudgy brownie while bigger pieces will remain delicious areas of chocolate throughout the brownie. Set aside.
Beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar until foamy. Add in the chocolate mixture. Mix flour, salt and backing powder and gradually add to the liquid ingredients. Add the chocolate pieces and carefully mix them in until the are well distributed.
Butter your pan – I have used round springform pans or regular cake pans, both work fine – and dust the surface with cocoa powder. Add your batter to the pan and smooth it out.
Put the pan into our preheated oven and bake until cooked through. To check whether your brownies are done, insert a toothpick into the centre. When it comes out without any batter stuck to it, the brownies are done. The toothpick will not come out completely clean because the melted chocolate will stick to it.
Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool down.
Et voilà – perfect fudgy brownies!
Pro tip: Let the brownies sit over night and put them into the microwave for 30 seconds the next day. This way the flavours will have time to melt together and you can still enjoy a fresh hot brownie.
Let me know about your favourite dessert recipes in the comments below!