Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ultimate Gooey Chocolate Brownie Stack

In case you hadn't heard (where have you been?!) it's National Chocolate Week. Cue me sitting at my desk, chocolate bar in each hand, fully taking advantage. Then I realised that I couldn't remember the last time I had a brownie. Shock horror. The humble brownie. It's often overlooked on a gastro pub but when you get it right, nothing beats it. This recipe is an old favourite; nice and crispy on the top with an ultra-chocolatey, ultra-gooey centre. Whether you drizzle with cream, top with ice cream or smother in more melted chocolate this is a truly indulgent treat.

What you'll need:
200g butter 
200g dark chocolate 
275g light soft brown sugar 
2 eggs 
1tsp vanilla extract 
150g plain flour 

(Makes 12) 

Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease and line a baking tin with baking paper. 

In a pan, heat the butter and and chocolate and continually stir until they have melted together and are nice and glossy. 

Take the pan off the heat and and mix in the sugar, then eggs and vanilla (tasting as you go of course).

Sift the flour into the pan and stir gently. 

Pour into your tin and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is nice and crusty. 

Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes (if you can bare to) then cut into 12 squares. 

Stack them up, dust with icing sugar and go wild with your toppings.