Sam's Chocolate Brownies

Some cooks prefer to whisk the butter and sugar together separately, and then sieve the flour before folding it in a little at a time etc etc, but I tend to go for the quicker, easier option of throwing the whole lot into a mixer before bunging the brownies in the oven. Here's my foolproof recipe - the sea salt is optional, but I really love it for adding a bit of a twist.

Ingredients (makes 12-16 brownies)

  • 200g dark 70% chocolate
 (melted)
  • 200g butter

  • 350g soft brown sugar
  • 
4 medium eggs

  • 150g flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • Pinch of crunchy sea salt (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c
  2. Line and grease a 20cm x 20cm baking tin
  3. Put all the ingredients (excluding the sea salt) in an electric mixer and blend until smooth
  4. Stir in the sea salt and pour the mixture into the baking tin
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, covering with foil after 30 mins to stop them from burning the top.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the baking tray before cutting into squares.