Decadent double chocolate brownie recipe

Brownies, are probably the best bake you can make. Hear me out!

They are delicious warm, just out of the oven but just as tasty with a cuppa later in the day. They can be dressed up with a fruit puree or made a little more luxurious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. How many other baked puddings can be enjoyed in so many ways?

What is a brownie?

A brownie is a type of dessert that is typically square or rectangular in shape, with a rich, dense, and fudgy texture. It is often made with dark chocolate, giving it a deep chocolate flavour. Brownies can be prepared in various ways, but common ingredients include butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and cocoa powder or melted chocolate. Nuts, chocolate chips, or other additions like caramel, peanut butter, or fruits can also be incorporated for added flavour and texture.

Brownies are usually baked in a baking pan or a baking dish and then cut into individual portions. They can be enjoyed plain or topped with powdered sugar, icing, whipped cream, or served with a scoop of ice cream. Brownies are a popular treat for all occasions, from casual gatherings to formal events, and are loved by people of all ages.

Where did brownies originate?

The origin of brownies is not precisely known, but they are believed to have originated in the United States in the late 19th century. There are a few popular theories on how they came to be. One theory suggests that brownies were created by a chef who forgot to add baking powder to a chocolate cake batter, resulting in a denser and fudgier texture. Another theory attributes the invention of brownies to a housewife who ran out of baking powder and improvised by making a “chocolate brownie” instead.

The first known published recipe for brownies appeared in the 1897 Sears, Roebuck catalogue. However, this recipe was for a variation called “Bangor Brownies” and featured molasses as a primary ingredient. The classic chocolate brownie as we know it today is said to have gained popularity in the early 20th century, with various tweaks and variations being made over the years. Regardless of its exact origin, the brownie has become an iconic American dessert and is enjoyed by people worldwide.

Double chocolate brownie recipe

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g (5oz) golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 75g (3oz) plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100g White chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 (fan 160)/350 f or gas mark 4. Grease a 19cm square shallow baking tin and line the base with parchment paper.
  • Melt the chopped chocolate, butter and vanilla together in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the surface of the water does not touch the bowl. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, then leave to cool for a few minutes.
  • Beat in the eggs, then sift in the flour, cocoa and salt and fold it until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake in the oven for 25 -30 minutes, or until the top starts to crack but the centre remains gooey. The cooking time may vary a little depending on your oven. Turn off the oven and leave the brownies inside for a further 5 minutes before removing. Leave to cool completely in the tin.
  • Cut the brownies into 16 small squares and remove them from the tin. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days

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Decadent double chocolate brownie recipe

Decadent double chocolate brownie recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) Dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 150g (5oz) Unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 150g (5oz) Golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 75g (3oz) Plain flour
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 100g White chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 (fan 160)/350 f or gas mark 4. Grease a 19cm square shallow baking tin and line the base with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chopped chocolate, butter and vanilla together in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the surface of the water does not touch the bowl. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, then leave to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Beat in the eggs, then sift in the flour, cocoa and salt and fold it until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake in the oven for 25 -30 minutes, or until the top starts to crack but the centre remains gooey. The cooking time may vary a little depending on your oven. Turn off the oven and leave the brownies inside for a further 5 minutes before removing. Leave to cool completely in the tin.
  5. Cut the brownies into 16 small squares and remove them from the tin. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days

What equipment do you need to make double chocolate brownies?

These brownies do not require any special equipment to make them, it is almost a section of my staple items to bake and cook.

You will need:

  • Ceramic mixing bowl (You will need this to be suitable to place over boiling water to melt the chocolate)
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Square pan or roasting dish (I used this roasting tin from Asda for mine)
  • Large bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Wire rack
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring scales
  • Measuring spoons

Can you use different sugar?

Although I would recommend using golden granulated sugar in this recipe, there have been times when I have run out of this in the past and have substituted it with white sugar, brown sugar and even some granulated sugar.

I would use the caster sugar if you have it, but if you run a little short, no one will know! They will be too busy enjoying the tasty double chocolate fudge brownies!

Can you use different chocolate in this recipe?

I would recommend sticking with the dark chocolate for the brownie batter as it gives the right chocolatey flavour without being too sweet. However, when it comes to the rest, you can make the adjustments as you see fit.

This could be switching out the white chocolate chips for milk chocolate or even switching them out for chocolate chunks. You could even change them for dark chocolate chips, whatever you want. This recipe is versatile and perfect for chocolate lovers!

The best brownies are those with your favourite flavours in them. If you want to take your brownie mix to the next level, why not think about adding in some additional flavours, things such as nuts and dried fruits make great additions to brownies, as does a little espresso powder.

Once you have tried homemade brownies, you will never go back to shop brought. These fudgy brownies are perfectly served at room temperature with a cup of tea and putting your feet up for 5 minutes.

If you enjoyed this recipe, why not check out some of our other great bakes:

Cranberry and white chocolate cookies

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