As Aussies with a sweet tooth, we could go on for hours about our love for chocolate brownies. Probably, that’s due to the memories it conjures up of those lazy afternoons spent with friends, devouring homemade chocolate brownies straight out of the oven.
But really, we reckon it all comes down to the pure, unadulterated pleasure of sinking teeth into that fudgy, chocolatey goodness. It’s amazing how it melts in the mouth, coating the taste buds with a symphony of flavours. It's like pure bliss in every bite when the brownie is of your choice.
Whatever your choice – gooey, fudgy or cake-like, there’s a chocolate brownie recipe that’s just right for you. In fact, we have a quick and easy chocolate brownie recipe for you right here.
what is a chocolate brownie?
We’ll get to the chocolate brownie recipe after some indulgence in explaining what a chocolate brownie is. Well, it’s a dessert that has captured the hearts of chocoholics and sweet tooths around the world. And it’s made using just an easy chocolate brownie recipe and a handful of simple ingredients.
Typically, those ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs and of course, chocolate. But the magic of this dessert lies in the details – the type of chocolate you use, the ratio of ingredients, baking time and the optional add-ons.
That also means you can customize your chocolate brownie recipe. Nuts, caramel or marshmallows – jazz up a classic chocolate brownie recipe as you like.
how to make chocolate brownie?
If you’re wondering how to make chocolate brownie, we suggest you start with our easy chocolate brownie recipe. Whether you're a whiz in the kitchen or a newbie to baking, this chocolate brownie recipe offers a good start.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Nutritional Value (rough estimate per brownie): 449 calories, 30g fat, 41g carbs, 5g fibre, 6g protein
Let’s check out what goes into this chocolate brownie recipe.
- 5 eggs
- 300g unsalted butter
- 250g dark chocolate
- 250 g dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- 125g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 150g brown sugar
- 150g white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
And here’re the details on how to make chocolate brownie using our easy chocolate brownie recipe.
Pre-Heating Oven and Preparing the Baking Pan:
- Preheat your oven to 160°C (with the fan on).
- Now it's time to prepare your baking pan. You can choose either a rectangular or a square pan. In our chocolate brownie recipe, we used a square one that measures 20cm (8 inches). Its depth is around 5cm. Grease it with cooking spray. Or else, even a little bit of butter greasing will do the trick.
- Then, line the pan with baking paper, leaving some extra paper overhanging the edges. This will help you take out the brownies in one piece.
Butter Chocolate Mix:
- First, grab your favourite dark or semi-sweet chocolate and cut it up into small, delectable chunks. Chuck those choccy chucks into a microwave-friendly oven. If you’ve opted to include chocolate chips in your chocolate brownie recipe, add those also to the bowl.
- Also add some unsalted butter, oil, cocoa powder, brown sugar and coffee powder to the bowl. Give it a quick mix.
- Pop that bowl into the microwave and heat it up in 30-second bursts, giving it a good whisk in between each round until everything is fully melted together. Make sure it’s hot as that brings out that rich, chocolatey flavour of our cocoa powder. With our mixture perfectly melted and mixed, it's time to set it aside.
Dry Flour Mix:
- While your butter chocolate mix is cooling down, let’s get the dry flour mix ready for our chocolate brownie recipe. Grab another large bowl and sift in the all-purpose flour and salt.
- Combine both and set aside.
- Grab one more large bowl and add white sugar, vanilla extract, as well as eggs. Using a hand mixer, blend all the ingredients together on medium-high speed for around 3-5 minutes. Watch as your mixture transforms into a light and creamy batter.
- Get ready to add in that delicious, melted butter chocolate mixture we prepared earlier for the chocolate brownie recipe! Gently pour the mixture into the egg batter and use a trusty spatula to fold it all together. Remember, we want to be gentle with our folding – avoid mixing it too vigorously.
- Gently pour the pre-mixed dry flour mix into the batter, making sure to fold everything together until it's combined. This is a crucial step – so take care not to mix it too much. Otherwise, we risk creating a brownie that's more cake-like than fudgy.
- It's time to give the batter a new home - carefully pour that delicious batter into your pre-prepared baking pan.
- Give the pan a gentle shake and a couple of gentle taps to ensure that the batter is distributed evenly. This also eliminates any bigger air bubbles that might spoil your masterpiece.
- Now slide the pan into the oven and set that timer for 25 minutes. Of course, this may change depending on how fudgy or cake-like you want your brownies to be.
- To test if your brownies are ready, get hold of a toothpick and poke it into the brownie. If it comes out dirty, then it's good to go.
- Give the brownie at least 30 minutes to cool down and then serve.
some additional tips to make fudgy chocolate brownie
We reckon, you've got the basics of making our chocolate brownie recipe down pat, but you're looking to take it to the next level. No worries! We’ve got some extra tips and tricks on how to make chocolate brownie that’s perfectly fudgy and oh-so-delicious.
- Chocolate choice: When it comes to choosing the right chocolate for your chocolate brownie recipe, keep in mind that the sweetness of your dessert can easily go overboard if you use regular chocolate. That’s why dark chocolate is a better option. Even semi-sweet chocolate chips work well.
- Tiny air pockets: Earlier in the chocolate brownie recipe, when sugar is mixed with butter, tiny pockets of air got created. It’s important that the air remains trapped as it keeps your brownies light. So, when it's time to add your melted butter chocolate mixture to your whipped eggs, use a gentle hand and fold it in with a spatula. If you go too hard and mix it too vigorously, you'll end up without much air in the batter.
- Add a touch of coffee: A small amount of instant coffee powder in your chocolate brownie recipe can enhance the chocolate flavour and add depth to the brownies.
- Baking time: A general guideline is to bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes for a fudgy texture and 30-33 minutes for a more cake-like texture.
faqs on chocolate brownie recipe:
Q. what is the key to fudgy brownies?
A. The key to fudgy brownie is in the ratio of two ingredients in your chocolate brownie recipe - fat and flour. A fudgy recipe will have a higher proportion of fat compared to flour. In our chocolate brownie recipe, we added more butter and real chocolate for fudgy chocolate brownies.
Q. what are the steps to make chocolate brownies?
- Get your oven preheated and prep your baking pan according to the chocolate brownie recipe you're using.
- Melt butter, chocolate and other ingredients in a microwave.
- Mix eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
- Chuck in the melted chocolate and butter, flour, and salt to the egg mixture and give it a good mix.
- Transfer the batter into your baking dish and bake.
- Let the brownies cool down.
Q. does milk instead of water make chocolate brownies better?
A. It’s a matter of preference. Most chocolate brownie recipes don’t include milk or water. However, to add richness or moisture to the batter, some chocolate brownie recipes may call for a small amount. Our chocolate brownie recipe doesn’t contain milk or water, but variations are possible. If you prefer dairy-free variation, you may use water or non-dairy milk options in your chocolate brownie recipe.
Q. is chocolate brownie batter thick or runny?
A. Chocolate brownie batter is generally thick and not runny. The consistency allows it to hold its shape when baked. But the consistency can vary depending on the chocolate brownie recipe. If the chocolate brownie batter is too runny, you can add a little more flour to thicken it up.