Finding the Brownie Holy Grail

Lush chocolate brownies
Lush chocolate brownies

Lush chocolate brownies. The baseball field grass is not a recommended garnish…

We’ve been having a tough time in Israel these past weeks. Sirens have had us rushing to shelters, and the country is in turmoil. Without making light of this difficult situation, I do feel the need to post a recipe, after a rather long absence. Let’s face it, when were stressed out, food is a great comfort. And when we’re talking comfort food, how can chocolate not immediately come to mind?

Chocolate brownies are a great way to deliver the king of all sweets. I have been through many brownie recipes – some I like because they are very quick to make, others, because they are just decadent over the top.  Recently, I found a recipe that I think has to be the Holy Grail of brownie recipes and and everything a real classic brownie should be. It uses lots of chocolate and then a little more, and the result is one of the most chocolaty, lush, rich brownies you will ever eat.

I’ve made these a few times for my son’s baseball team – I doubled the recipe of course. Served immediately after a 2+- hour game, they are wolfed down with great appreciation. The picture here is of a batch I made for one of the games. I had to rush in with my camera so that there would be some left to photograph!

So for times like these, as well as for times that are less stressful but just call for a good brownie, here’s my recipe for Lush Chocolate Brownies.

LUSH CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Ingredients

275 g (10 oz) dark chocolate

225g (8 oz) butter or margarine

3 large eggs

1 cup (225 g/8 oz) brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

115 g (4 oz) or just under 1 cup self raising flour

115 g (4 oz) chocolate chips (dark or white)

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

How to do it

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F)

2. Melt the chocolate and butter together over low heat till smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla, and then stir in the melted chocolate.

4, Fold in the flour, chocolate chips and pecans.

5. Line a 30 x 20 cm (12 x 8 in) baking tin with baking paper, and spray with cooking spray. Pour the mixture in and bake for 35-40 minutes. Don’t over-bake if you want a gooey brownie.

6. Leave to cool and then cut into squares.

Makes 12 large brownies.

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