It's dead easy, and the best part: you only need a saucepan, a wooden spoon, scales and a pan to bake them in. I love recipes like that - so little clean-up. I wouldn't be without my kitchen scales and prefer weighing everything if I can - since you can then weigh the ingredients straight into the bowl.
Like most brownies, it's not the cheapest baking you could make - adding lots of chocolate and butter drives the price up a bit - but making a whole batch should only cost a little more than buying one piece of brownie at a cafe and it's just as good as most cafe brownies I've tried (I've actually sworn off them, as good ones are so hard to find - feel free to offer your recommendations in the comments! - but the bad ones can be quite horrible).
As always I used chocolate I like to eat - it makes a big difference to the taste. Usually I prefer eating milk chocolate but this recipe has quite a lot of sugar in it and I felt using dark chocolate would help balance that out, so went for Whittakers 70% Dark Ghana, which I was pretty glad about. The recipe calls for two cups of add-ins - chocolate chips or walnuts - and I used all chocolate chips (an assortment of part-bags I had left, so I had dark, milk and white). In retrospect, and although I usually prefer my brownie nut-free, I think chopped walnuts would have been better than the extra chocolate in this version.
I think it's important to try brownies both hot from the oven and once they're completely cooled - purely in the interest of research, you understand. ;-) So we had some last night, and to be honest I found it too sweet as a dessert brownie - the sugar was just a bit much. I have had another today, though, and they are much better now - the chocolate flavour manages to overcome the sugar. I think I still prefer the ones I made last time, but these ones are still good once cooled - I may be biased as I do prefer eating them fresh out of the oven and since these ones didn't deliver in that area they don't make it to the top of the podium.
So: quick and easy to make, very sweet, and plenty good enough to impress sugar-starved workmates. ;-) I did overcook mine slightly - so easy to do with brownies! - so I trimmed off the edges (who am I kidding, I always trim the edges off brownies and slices to make them look pretty... I just normally eat the offcuts, but this time they're not so nice).
Do you like nuts in your brownie or do you prefer a super chocolatey chocolate hit?
Easy Brownies (adapted from Yogic Knitter's recipe)
100g dark chocolate
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g of any of the following: chopped walnuts, macadamias or pecans, or dark, milk or white chocolate drops
Preheat the oven to 160 C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper.
Melt the butter and chocolate over low heat in a saucepan and stir until smooth. Remove the mixture from the heat and mix in the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour and mix, then add the nuts or extra chocolate and mix until combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, until a skewer comes out without goo on it. Cool and cut into squares.