Gooey chocolate slices of heavenly delight. That’s what we should actually be calling brownies. There’s nothing that compares to a delicious baked homemade brownie slathered in chocolate sauce and served with a dollop of ice cream. But while the classic brownie recipe may look easy, achieving brownie perfection doesn’t come naturally to all of us.
To make sure your next batch of brownies will leave everyone with a big chocolatey grin on their face, here are a few tips and tricks to make use of:
Get them just right
We’re not baking a cake here, so it doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through. After all, we want that gooey consistency that brownies are renowned for. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is overcooking your brownie, so make sure you keep your eye on the clock. Most recipes recommend baking at 180 degrees Celsius and leaving them in for 30-35 minutes.
Beat them eggs and sugar
The key to getting a gooey brownie is well-beaten eggs. Putting some muscle into whisking your eggs and sugar will ensure that you’re incorporating enough air into the batter, which will leave your tray of brownies all fudgy and soft. When using a hand mixer, make sure that you’re using circular motions, as this will ensure that no lumps are formed.
Who doesn’t love splurging on good chocolate, and if you can incorporate some good quality chocolate into your recipe, even batter! Scour the baking aisles for some good-quality baking chocolate, which is often a bit cheaper than regular store-bought chocolate. Once melted with the butter, you won’t even be able to tell the difference.
The quintessential ingredient for any good brownie mix is nuts. Yummy, crunchy perfection. Pecans are the standard, but toasted hazelnuts are another winner. Not sold? How about trying some flaked almonds as another nut option which is sure to add some crunch. Or take it up a notch with some pistachios and white chocolate chips – yummy.
Keep it simple
According to Food24, there’s literally no need to overcomplicate things. Brownies are meant to be a simple recipe that any toddler can do, so stick to the basics. Melt everything that’s meant to be melted and mix the ingredients – voila!
We’ve all been guilty of cutting and grabbing a slice when it’s fresh out of the oven, but attempt to hold off if you can. It’s important to let it cool for 10-15 minutes before you take them out of the pan, as brownies tend to crumble quite quickly when they are still hot.