The best ever chocolate brownie

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Serves: 20

By vbacqueen1

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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 500g caster sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 400g dark chocolate 70% cocoa

  • 6 eggs

  • 400g butter

  • 225g plain flour

  • 100g hazelnuts chopped, optional

  • 100g white chocolate or milk, chopped


  1. Set your oven to 180C (fan) and line a large roasting tin with parchment paper, to come well up the sides.
  2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate together. Then simply add all the other ingredients apart from the chopped chocolate (and nuts if you're using them) and mix well to combine.
  3. Pour into the tin, then scatter the chocolate and nuts evenly over the surface, poking them down a little to stop them burning.
  4. Put into the oven and check after exactly 25 minutes. By this time, the surface of the brownies should have dried out and started to crack but inside should still be very soft and gooey. If you're not using a fan oven it may take another 15 minutes or so to get to this stage, so check every five minutes. Once you've made these once, make a note of the time they took and you'll know for next time how long they need.
  5. Leave chocolate brownies to go completely cold in the tin before cutting into squares of the desired size.

Handy Hint

These are great for school fairs or parties. Be careful not to overcook them! They have to be squidgy in the middle otherwise they're not chocolate brownies, just dried out chocolate cake.

Additional Information

  • chocolate

  • Can Freeze

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • pudding

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

  • cake

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  • lilacmamacat 03/11/15 20:33

    Made half quantity using a 9" tin and got 16 brownies about an inch thick. They spent nearly 30 mins in the oven and probably could have had another few minutes as the middle is a bit to squishy even for a brownie! Just managed to only eat one tonight as I'm supposed to be on my 5:2 fast day, hey ho. The only change I made was that I added 50g of ground almonds which I think worked very well. Brocklybelle, I cooked mine on the bottom shelf (practically sitting on the oven floor) under a casserole and they came out fine. You'd probably need to check them a bit sooner if they were on the top shelf. Verdict: delish, will definitely be making them again, possibly with brandy-soaked glace cherries in...

  • divafever24 12/03/15 19:38

    These are the best brownies I have ever had! It made loads so unless you want to eat brownies for several days I would suggest halving the recipe!

  • PKOTECHA 18/01/15 09:46

    Tried yesterday to take to friends. Really great recipe. So easy to do. Halfed the measurements as was only taking for 4 children and it still made around 20 decent sized squares. Put in the top of the oven. Will definitely be making again.

  • MsMuffet 08/07/13 18:48

    These are terrific! Easy recipe, great result. Thanks very much.

  • CherryPie3 14/03/10 09:47

    Excellent easy peasy recipe - a great hit with the kids and adults alike. We used mini smarties to top instead of nuts tho. Fab!

  • brockleybelle 26/01/10 20:13

    Can someone tell me if they are to be cooked in the centre of the oven or the top shelf? Thanks!

  • canella 15/10/09 18:11

    a huge hit with everyone!and really simple to make! will now add this to my "things i can easily make" list!

  • kslatts 18/03/09 13:16

    These are lovely, my dd's adored them.

  • quaranta 17/01/09 14:00

    THESE ARE THE MOST INCREDIBLE BROWNIES. so delicious look like they have been bought as my DS said. Fantastic, thank you !

  • chatee 01/06/08 21:03

    oops, missed the scores and can't have that fantastic recipe not getting 10/10

  • chatee 01/06/08 21:01

    thank you so much for this recipe 10/10 it worked perfectly, even using dairy free and plain chocolate....dd is so happy

  • mejon 23/04/08 16:53

    These were absolutely gorgeous and a great success after my previous attempts with a different recipe. I had to improvise a little with the ingredients as I hadn't appreciated quite how much of everything I would need but they were still yum-yum-yum. Made far too many but 4 days on they're still just as good!!!

  • Max36 10/04/08 20:23

    These are the most delicious chocolate brownies I have ever tasted. They were gone within minutes!!!

  • vbacqueen1 18/01/08 09:45

    These are the best chocolate brownies I've ever tasted (and I've tasted a few!) I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't love them and they are really quick to make - they'll even keep for a few days in an airtight container if you can keep them that long.