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Deep Dark Brownies

Who doesn’t love a good brownie?

I’m absolutely convinced that the way to a man’s heart is a good steak sandwich and an amazing chocolate brownie. Well that’s the way to Mr Neurotic’s heart anway.

So this recipe is a tried and true favourite in our house. It is recipe that was adapted by the Baked boys for the Martha Stewart Show. Their original recipe can be found in their cookbook, named after their Bakery in NYC, Baked – New Frontiers in Baking.

Now in my opinion Ina Garten is the queen of Brownies, and I have a few friends who feel the same way but unfortunately her recipes make a lot of brownies. I also find this recipe is no fail. I’ve made it a lot and never once have I had a problem. It’s fudgey and cakey all at the same time and it can be adapted with blobs of peanut butter swirled in, the addition of nuts or even different types of choc chips (I’ve even done this with butterscotch chips). The other thing I love about brownies is that it’s a stove top recipe which means less mess and no mixing required. Now don’t get me wrong I love my stand mixer but sometimes you just want quick and easy.

So here it is. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Deep Dark Brownies as seen on The Martha Stewart Show


¾ cup plain flour
1 tablespoon best-quality cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (125gms) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
¾ teaspoon instant espresso powder
140 gms dark chocolate
¾ cup castor sugar
¼ cup light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips (milk or dark or whatever you would like), optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a a 18 x 25 cm slice pan with baking parchment.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside. (or you can whisk…)
In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine butter and espresso. Place over low heat and stir until butter has melted. Don’t fret if the coffee powder doesn’t combine completely. Add chocolate, and stir constantly until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in both sugars until well combined.
Add eggs and vanilla and continue stirring until well incorporated and mixture no longer appears grainy. Sift flour mixture over batter (or just pour in the whisked flour mixture), and stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, if using. I like to add a tablespoon of the flour mix to the chocolate chips to coat them. This stops the chocolate from sinking to the bottom.
Pour batter into prepared baking pan; smooth top with the back of a wooden spoon or a spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 28 to 30 minutes. A tip from Ms Garten herself is when cooking brownies half way through open the door and lift up the pan on one edge and drop it down on the shelf this apparently settles any bubbles and ensures an awesome brownie. I do it, not sure if it works, but I do it. She was a nuclear policy maker for the White House after all. Surely she knows about these things. Be sure not to over bake. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 9 brownies.

Now my last tip is PLEASE let them cool in the pan. Mr Neurotic is extremely impatient so unless I bake these during the day they end up being hacked up whilst hot and you do not get the perfectly sliced brownie this way. Yes yes they still taste the same but who doesn’t like a bit of symmetry. I also love a brownie that has been left out to cool and the sides go all crunchy. Yum.

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5 Responses to “Deep Dark Brownies”

  1. sarah says:

    I have tried so many brownie recipes to get the right fudgey cakey mix, so I am definitely trying these :)

  2. Lucy says:

    Lexie just spotted the photo over my shoulder and said “Mumma, we need to cook those right now please. I like chocolate Mumma….

    So I guess I had better follow the orders of my bossy

  3. Mr Neurotic says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm, brownies….. Drooooooooooooool!!!!

  4. Fiona says:

    Yum yum sounds amazing!!!

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