Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Chocolate Brownies Recipe - Favourite Bakes

So it's Saturday at the time of writing this and it's a typical Melbourne winter's day - as much as it pains me to write that. Outside, it's grey, cold and wet and not surprisingly, we've all slept in. Breakfast has been had (for some) and now the cravings of midday beckon...

Most people appreciate brownies. (Who wouldn't?) Around here, they're a family favourite and I am currently baking these babies at least three times a week. Nothing silences the after school grumbles quite like a brownie or two and the same can be said for grumbles on rainy Melbourne Saturdays.

Today, brownies are a lunch time treat.

You see, on weekends I am not always the best mother - or I am 'the best mother,' depending on which way you look at it. (At this moment, my kids think I am the latter.)

When it comes to baking everyone's favourite, delicious brownies, I alternate between several recipes. Some are the drier sort and others have extra additions like nuts and fruits. (Check out these amazing brownies by Hi-5's Dayen. This recipe is an exclusive foodie share with Six Little Hearts.)

Then there are the gooey, fudgy, stick-to-the-plate type brownies which are our current faves.

This particular recipe is the gooey dessert sort of brownie. Serve these on a plate, dusted with icing sugar and maybe a little cream. Absolute bliss!

This is an indulgent bake for chocaholics. I strongly urge you to try these if that's you!

These brownies whip together effortlessly in a Thermo. If you don't have one of these appliances, you can still follow the instructions using the traditional method. The results will be the same.

Chocolate Brownies Recipe
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes depending on method chosen.
Baking time: 25 minutes.

1/2 a cup of softened margarine or butter
3/4 of a cup of cocoa
1 and a half cups of caster sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
3 eggs
100 grams of plain flour
1 cup of cooking chocolate, roughly chopped (use block chocolate, not melts)
A small pinch of salt.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Prepare a slice pan with grease, line with baking paper and dust with flour.

In a Thermo bowl, chop the chocolate pieces on speed 9 for 5 seconds.
For traditional method: chop your chocolate into small pieces and set aside.

Add all ingredients into the Thermo bowl and mix on speed one for 2 minutes until everything is combined.

For the traditional method: mix the butter with the caster sugar until creamy and add the eggs one at a time until all are emulsified. Add the cocoa and remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Add the chopped chocolate last and stir this in.
You can use a stand mixer to prepare your brownies easily, or do this by hand.

Pour the brownie mix into your prepared pan and spread the batter evenly to the edges.

Don't forget to let the kids help out with this recipe. They won't need too much encouragement to get involved. I actually ask mine to tidy up the lounge room while I bake these and it works for me every time! Make these brownies work for you too, where the kids are concerned. (A golden mama tip.)
Bake the brownies for 25 minutes in your oven before allowing to cool in the pan on a wire rack.
When completely cooled (or still warm - because...brownies!), turn the brownie bake into a chopping board and cut into equal sized portions. Dust with icing sugar and serve on plates with a dollop of cream or ice cream. Then, go for it!

What's your favourite chocolate bake?
Do you sometimes serve your kids insanely indulgent foods when they should be eating
proper meals too?
Do you make your kids work for you while you bake them treats?

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  1. I'm saving this recipe to make it with the kids, or perhaps solely by the kids, during the upcoming school holidays.

    1. They will adore you for it. These are sooooo good!

  2. Oh my gosh these look good! Thank you for the recipe! :-)

  3. Such happy little faces. Hard not to be when there's chocolate involved. Yum! #teamIBOT

  4. Love brownies! Everytime we move, I make loads of batches to get used to the oven!

  5. You just can't beat a warm brownie with vanilla ice cream!

  6. Oooooh, I love a good brownie recipe! Will have to try this one out. Thanks for sharing, Jody! x

  7. Ohh these sound delicious. I don't know if I'll try them though or I'd eat the whole tray myself lol!

  8. These look awesome, bookmarking this page for these school holidays

  9. I love the look on your children's faces. I love letting my boys help in the kitchen and this looks like the perfect recipe for them to help with.

  10. Oh yum, we have been indulging on brownies this weekend too. Thanks for sharing the recipe with YWF. x

  11. A gooey brownie is the best kind of brownie! Look how stoked those gorgeous kiddies are...awesome!


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