This recipe is based on one that we use at Wickedfood Cooking School in our baking  classes,  specializing in chocolate.  These chewy chocolate squares are one of the best brownie recipes around, as well as quick and easy to make. They use cocoa powder instead of chocolate, use a good quality cocoa powder. Once you have mastered it, try the variations below.


125g butter

45g cocoa powder

2 eggs

250g castor sugar

60g self-raising flour

90g walnuts or pecan nuts, coarsely chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base and two sides of a 20cm square cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. In a heavy-based saucepan melt the butter over a low heat, then stir in the cocoa, mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, then stir in the butter/cocoa mixture.
  4. Sift the flour over the top and fold it into the mixture. Then fold in the nuts.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until just cooked through and springy to the touch. Brownies are at their best when moist, so be careful not to over bake them.
  6. Allow the brownies to cool in the tin. Once completely cold, turn out onto the board and cut into squares.
  7. Leave plain.
  8. Or for an even more delicious finish, spread with a chocolate glaze on the cooled brownies, before cutting them into squares.

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