This is officially the easiest Brownie in the World…. EVER. Possibly the easiest baking, too. One of my favourite recipes since I was 10 years old, and I’ve tried many MANY recipes over the years. There’s v little washing up, and unlimited variations/ additions (look away if you’re a Brownie purist….). Everything is just measured out into the same bowl, so the hardest bit is just the baking itself. Being Brownies, the usual testing rule of ‘doneness’ i.e. insert a skewer/ sharp knife into the centre of the cake and see if it comes out clean, does NOT apply. The Brownies are supposed to be gooey – fudgy, chocolatey goodness.
100g self raising flour (or the equivalent of plain flour + 1 level teaspoon baking powder)
200g granulated sugar
Nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, ginger (dried or fresh grated if you fancy a lil kick) …. pretty much anything
In a double boiler, or a large bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate.
Remove the bowl from the heat, and stir in the sugar.
Stir in the eggs, and beat until well mixed.
Stir in the flour and dry ingredients (e.g. spices) if using.
Add nuts/ fruits if using.
Pour mixture carefully into a prepared, greased and lined, 8 inch/ 20cm square baking tin.
Bake at approx. 180C/ Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.
Let cool completely then store in an airtight tin, or let cool for about 10 minutes then enjoy warm, maybe with ice cream 😉