Everyone needs a staple brownies recipe, especially us mums since they are universally popular with children and adults alike. Easy to rustle up at a moments notice plus there is no icing/frosting required. Trust me, being able to make delicious brownies makes you very popular and brings you so much happiness. Believe me, I speak from experience - being able to make great brownies has earned me numerous accolades - even mentions in school speech days! Children have looked at me awestruck when they have come to know that I am the one who created the magical brownies. It really is a wonderful feeling! So come let me share this recipe with you.

Allow the brownies to cool in the tin. When ready to cut them, dust liberally with icing sugar and cut into 16 pieces.

Baking note:

You must butter the parchment otherwise the brownies may stick to the parchment. I did omit the buttering step and whilst I did manage to safely get my brownies out, it was tricky.

Chocolate Brownies

This recipe is adapted from www.smittenkitchen.com, a website definitely worth checking out if you have not done so already. You will be amazed at what culinary creations come out from a tiny kitchen in New York.


85g chocolate chopped or chocolate chips

115g unsalted butter

265g caster sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

85g plain flour

125g white chocolate chopped or white chocolate buttons

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees C.

Line a 8x8 inch square tin with parchment, making sure the sides are lined too. Then butter the parchment.

Sift the flour and salt and set aside.

In a heavy based pan, melt the butter and chocolate together. Set this aside to cool whilst you move on with the next step.

In a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.

Slowly pour in the melted butter and chocolate.

Put the mixer on the lowest speed and add in the flour and salt.

With a spatula carefully mix in the white chocolate.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.