Brownies are chocolate sweets, crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, with a recipe that is easy to perform but full of flavor.

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Recipe AuthorSara Mastellone
Date27 February 2020
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 12 Minutes
Rest time 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Cooking time 50 Minutes
Total time 2 Hours 12 Minutes
Recipe typesCake recipes
Recipe typesDessert recipes
Recipe typesSnack recipes
Recipe typesSweets recipes

Brownies are traditional American sweets, but they have great success everywhere thanks to the crunchy crust but with a soft heart and intense chocolate flavor. The recipe is very easy and includes few but simple ingredients, such as dark chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar and flour, to which you can add walnuts, hazelnuts or other dried fruit to make this dessert even more delicious.
What makes brownies one of the best recipes of American pastry is versatility: in addition to the cake shape, brownies can be cut into squares and served as snacks. In fact, these sweets were born in Chicago in 1893 thanks to Mrs. Palmer who, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, asked her pastry chef to make a dessert as good as a cake but easy to transport like biscuits. And here we have the brownies!

Ingredient list

Dark Chocolate 375groughly chopped
Egg 6unitslarge
Plain Flour 225gsieved
Vanilla extract 1TSP (UK)
Salt 1TSP (UK)
Walnuts 300groughly chopped
Water 0to tasteaccording to the size of your saucepan

Step nr: 1 - Preheat the oven

TimeNo times for this step
Temperature180 Degrees Celsius

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, or 160°C fan or 4 Gas.

Step nr: 2 - Line a baking tin

Preparation time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Line a baking tin with non-stick baking parchment.

Wrinkle the baking paper and it will be much easier to insert it in the tin.

Step nr: 3 - Melt chocolate and butter

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

Water 0to taste
Cooking time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes
Temperature100 Degrees Celsius

Fill the saucepan a third of the way with water. When simmering place a heatproof bowl on top, making sure that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Add butter and dark chocolate to the bowl and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally with a spatula.

Step nr: 4 - Let chocolate and butter to cool down

Rest time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

When chocolate and butter will be melted together, remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

Step nr: 5 - Whisk eggs and sugar

Ingredient list for step nr: 5

Egg 6units
Caster sugar 500gram
Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

In another bowl mix the eggs and sugar together.

Step nr: 6 - Mix all the ingredients

Ingredient list for step nr: 6

Plain Flour 225gram
Vanilla extract 1teaspoon (UK)
Salt 1teaspoon (UK)
Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Gently fold the melted chocolate into the egg and sugar mixture. Then add the vanilla extract, followed by the flour and salt.

Step nr: 7 - Add walnuts

Ingredient list for step nr: 7

Walnuts 300gram
Preparation time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Add walnuts and fold the mixture again.

Step nr: 8 - Bake the brownie batter

Cooking time 40 Minutes
Total time 40 Minutes
Temperature180 Degrees Celsius

Pour the brownie batter into the lined tin. Place in the centre of the oven and bake.

Step nr: 9 - Leave the brownie to cool and serve

Rest time 1 Hour
Total time 1 Hour

Leave the brownie to cool a little in the tin, then let to cool 1 hour in the fridge. You can cut into squares and enjoy!