I promised a brownie recipe and here it is... I have tried quite a few brownie recipes over the years and this is now my firm favourite. It is the type of brownie you would be proud to serve in a cafe and it tastes dense, rich and chocolatey like brownie should. It is a Bill Granger recipe (so probably is served in a cafe) via my great friend Jenny, she has made a few changes to the original recipe that I have incorporated. It is a quick mix recipe that you can have in the oven in under ten minutes. I use half rich dark dutch cocoa from Essential Ingredient (great stuff if you have never tried it) which helps make it really chocolatey. I once threw in fresh raspberries and it was delicious.
1 ½ C caster sugar
2/3 C cocoa
3/4 C plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, beaten
200g unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla essence
150-200g dark chocolate pieces (chopped cooking or eating chocolate or choc chip bits)
Preheat oven to 160C (150C in fan-forced). Grease and line a 22cm square tin (or similar).
Stir sugar, cocoa, flour & baking powder together in a bowl. Add eggs, melted butter and vanilla; mix until well combined. Mix in about ¾ of the chocolate.
Pour into a lined 22cm square tin and sprinkle the remainder of chocolate over the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes.