National Brownie Day

I can't believe this is a thing. Why have I missed out on celebrating this day for 24 years?

December 8th is the day brownie lovers across the nation celebrate these glorious delights.

Brownies originated in the United States at the end of the 19th century. If you don't know what a brownie is then you're missing out. It's a cross between a cake and a biscuit, there are so many yummy flavours to choose from and they're such a popular dessert/snack.

My personal favourite brownie is chocolate fudge so I thought I'd share this recipe with you all and maybe you can celebrate #NationalBrownieDay too and enjoy a little treat (or the full tray in my case). This is not my recipe, I found this online a while ago and have tried and tested it multiple times.

You can also buy boxes of mix which are pretty fool proof but be warned, they're never as delicious as homemade.

You will need:
145g unsalted butter
250g granulated sugar
80g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large eggs
65g all purpose flour



Method:
Pre heat your oven to 325 degrees F making sure there's a rack placed in the middle of the oven. Prepare an 8 inch square baking tray by lining it with grease proof/parchment paper.

Add enough water to a medium saucepan so that it is 1 to 2 inches deep. Heat the water until it's barely simmering. Combine the butter, sugar and cocoa powder in a medium heat sage bowl. Rest the bowl over the simmering water making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

Stir the mixture occasionally until the butter has melted and the mixture is quite warm. Don't worry if it looks gritty or a little lumpy, it will become smooth once you add the other ingredients.

Remove the bowl from the heat and set aside for 2 to 4 minutes until the mixture is warm and not hot.

Stir in the vanilla extract with a spoon or spatula then add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one.

When the batter looks thick, shiny and well combined, add the flour and stir until there's no looks. You want a smooth mixture so feel free to beat it with your spoon to get rid of any air bubbles or lumps. Your batter should be quite thick by this point.

At this stage your batter is ready, you can add extra ingredients to your mixture like extra chocolate, honeycomb or anything else you want to include. If not, it's still delicious this way but a festive favourite of mine is adding small pieces of broken up Terry's Chocolate Orange, thank me later.

Pour the mixture into your prepared baking tray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until you prod it with a fork and it comes out almost clean, we want to keep the centre of the brownie a little moist and sticky, be careful not to overbake or will end up very dry. It should be springy to the touch.

Remove when baked and set aside until completely cooled before transferring from the baking tray. At this stage you can place the tray into the freezer for the brownie to freeze up so you get a cleaner cut, if like me you can't get wait then go ahead and cut your brownie as desired. I usually get 16 servings from this recipe but it's personal preference.



Enjoy.

5 comments

  1. Brownies have always been a favorite with me. I always have to watch how many I eat though as it can be easy to get carried away! Didn't realize there was a dedicated day for it though. This recipe in particular looks great and I love the photo showing the finished product. Looking forward to giving this a go for sure.

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  2. My favorite day and it’s friyay!! With chocolate brownie and a scoop of ice cream make my day! those look so yummy! I’ve been looking some good simple and easy brownie recipe and this one looks super easy to make and they look so delicious!

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  3. Gosh! I didn’t know it was National Brownie Day! It’s my favorite day of the year for sure!

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  4. It has been like two weeks since I made a tray of brownies. The last time I made some were the fudge brownie kind, right from a box of prepared mix. Not much effort on my part but I would love to try your recipe too. I love soft, chewy brownies and your recipe is the perfect one to try.

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  5. Oh now you got me this huge brownie craving! I will really have to find time to make some. Homemade is way far better than the ones you can get at the store. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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