Sometimes all you need to make yourself happy in this world is a chocolate brownie. This brownie recipe is my go to comfort food when I’m feeling a bit down. It’s full of sugar, chocolate and butter and if that combination doesn’t make you happy, then perhaps nothing will! It’s even better served warm with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce. And on a day when the weather is full of torrential rain and gale force winds, I just want to make comfort food, curl up in front of the heater and watch a soppy movie while eating gooey chocolatey heaven.
- 250g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 200g unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 tspn vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup plain flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease (I use a spray oil) and line with baking paper a 20cm/8in square cake tin.
In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter. Remove from the heat and add in the sugar, sifted cocoa and flour. Mix thoroughly and let it cool before beating in the two eggs and the vanilla extract. Make sure the mix has cooled before you add your eggs as the last thing you want is scrambled egg in your brownies. Add the chopped walnuts and chocolate and stir through. It really is that easy!
Bake for 45-55 minutes or when a crackled crust forms on the top. Because the brownie includes chocolate chunks a skewer won’t come out clean. Try to let it cool a bit before cutting it into squares and devouring. I cut my 20 cm square into 25 small squares, but you can cut them into larger sizes.