Hunting for the perfect chocolate brownie? Chris thinks it must have the correct balance of gooey and bite, a depth of chocolatey flavour, be rich but not overwhelming, it must cry out to be eaten and please children and adults alike. We think she’s found the answer
This quest for the perfect chocolate brownie has taken me many years. For a while our brownie of choice was nutless but, as the children grew and their tastes matured, we moved happily into the realms of the nutty brownie and its companion, the fruity brownie. I dabbled briefly with the blondie, using white chocolate instead of dark, but that was not a popular choice, eyebrows were raised.
Our current favourite has evolved over time. It appears on birthdays piled up à la Nigella with an indoor firework ablaze on top, it is comfort food on long winter nights and picnic food on lazy summer days.
A cake which doesn’t involve lots of elbow grease and multiple machines is always good to have on hand when you have hoards of hungry teenagers descending upon you unannounced after school!
Double Chocolate Pecan Brownies
150g golden caster sugar
150g good dark chocolate (at least 72% cocoa solids)
200g plain flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
125g pecan nuts
100g plain chocolate chips
Grease and base line a 20cm square tin. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Melt the butter and chocolate together over a low heat. The smell will send its tendrils all around the house and gather people to your side!
Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Allow to cool slightly before adding the eggs, folding in the flour, stirring in the nuts and chocolate chips.
Spoon into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the centre is firm and a skewer or cocktail stick inserted comes out with crumbs attached rather than goo. Don’t be alarmed if the brownie is bubbling and fizzing when you open the oven, the butter and nut combination bubbles up and then settles back down leaving a lovely crisp scattering of buttery nutty goodness on the surface!
Serve in the garden with a nice pot of tea.
Or put them in a tin and head out for a traditional picnic with a selection of sandwiches and some homemade lemonade!
You’ll find more delicious chocolate recipes for the chocoholics in your life over at Great British Chefs. What are your top tips for perfect chocolate brownies? Let us know here or over on Great British Chefs Facebook page?
Brownies seem to be the hot product this month, we have sold loads of convection ovens recently. It seems that the weather is encouraging people to indulge in treats, as a vegetarian myself i think more chefs should cook food to cater for everyone needs. Great Recipe by the way!
30 June 2013