Recipe Box Swap Thursday

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This is the first Recipe Box Swap of 2009!  The Brain child of I have to say blog

This month’s theme is “Fun Foods”.   You know those foods, you don’t make often, but they are staples in your family’s menu just because they are fun.  Fun foods are usually sticky, salty, sugary or fattening, and we all love them! 

My favourite fun food is chocolate brownies. Whenever I need to think of anything for a party or just ‘because’, it’s these, they are sweet, deeply chocolatey, high in fat and 1 square is extremely satisfying with a cup of English Breakfast tea

The recipe I use is taken from Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess.

I strongly believe that a good brownie is down to the quality of the ingredients, however I’m not a food snob, and if you dont have/can’t afford the best dont let it stop you making these, they will still be very good.

Because I have been feeling under the weather today I haven’t made any to show you (I will force myself into the kitchen tomorrow and photograph them)

Note: Nigella adds 300g walnuts to the recipe – I don’t because I don’t like nuts – they taste good without.


375g soft unsalted butter

375g best quality dark chocolate (I use 70% Lindt Excellence)

6 large free range eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

500g caster sugar

225g plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

tin measuring approx 33 x 23 x 5.5cm

Preheat oven 180c. Line brownie pan with parchment

Melt butter & chocolate together in a large heavy based pan. 

In a bowl beat eggs with the sugar and vanilla.

Measure flour into another bowl and add the salt.

When the chocolate mixture has melted let it cool abit before beating in the eggs and sugar, then add the flour. Beat to combine smoothly and then scrape out of the saucepan and into brownie pan.

Bake for about 25 mins. When ready the top should be dried to a paler brown speckle, but the middle still dark and dense.

Makes a maximum of 48

These freeze really well. Allow to cool, cut and freeze.