The Best Brownies Ever!!
Whilst it may seem like a hyperbolised statement, when I made these for the time in South Africa, not only did the kids go crazy over them but the adults did too. I wanted to take a close up of the brownies but when I took the pic above, I had kids hovering all over me. Literally breathing down my neck, and by literally, I mean that my son was standing right behind me on a chair, waiting to take one. At any rate, these brownies are good! Chocolatey, gooey, divine, and you can NOT stop at one piece only. Even the most discerning critics loved them and when they declared them to be the best ever, who was I to argue.
Make sure to add the coffee because that is the secret ingredient to enhancing the deep chocolate notes that make these brownies the best I’ve ever made. They’re easily adaptable too. Add your favourite nuts, caramelised or roasted, or vary your chocolate, by using hazelnut or chilli infused eg., and you’ll keep them coming back for more.
The Best Brownies Ever
125 grams butter
1 and 1/3 cups semi sweet OR dark chocolate,chopped (227g)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips OR dark chocolate OR hazelnut chocolate, chopped (170 g)
250 ml castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
170 ml OR 1/2 cup and 3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp coffee (or 1/2 if your coffee is very strong)
•Preheat your oven to 180c. Grease and line a 20 x 20 cm baking tin.
•Melt the 1 and 1/3 cups of chocolate and butter over a double boiler or in the microwave.
•Mix well with a whisk to combine.
•Mix in the sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa, coffee and then once cool enough, the eggs.
•Mix till smooth and glossy.
•Add in the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and mix.
•Pour into the prepared baking tin.
•Bake for 30 minutes or till done.
•If you’d like them less gooey and more cake-like, add an extra tablespoon or two of flour, or bake for longer.
•Leave to cool and then cut into 12 squares.
•Replace some chocolate chips from the remaining lot with dates.
•Add some pecans, hazelnuts, macadamia or almonds to the mixture
•Add some praline
•Serve with camel milk vanilla ice cream, hazelnut ice cream or any flavour
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