Chocolate Brownies

As I am discovering the bliss of (very early) married life, my love for baking is coming back. Maybe it is the (very) hidden 1950 wife in me that shouts to be let out and bake for her sweet hubby or perhaps simply the fact that my shining red KitchenAid mixer screams at me from my kitchen counter begging to be used. So last Sunday, as I was exploring the aisles of my local Marks & Spencer I found myself in front of the most magnificent baking section and one image come to me: Chocolate Brownie!!

The recipe I use is tried and tested; it has pleased many palates and has been made in several variances throughout the years, this time though it was going to be a plain dark chocolate brownie.

Since my sister snd I are dairy intolerant, well cow dairy intolerant, I made them TOTALLY dairy free!

So here it is my yummy and gooey Dark Chocolate Dairy free Brownies. Recipe adaptation from “Green&Black Chocolate Recipes”

This is how they looked!

Ingredients

300g unsalted sunflower butter

150g dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa solid)

1 tbsp dark chocolate powder

5 large eggs

450g granulated sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

200g plain flour

1tsp salt

Icing sugar

Preparation

The first thing I did was to preheat the oven to 180C Fan and line a baking tray with parchment paper

I melted the butter and chocolate together on a bowl placed over a saucepan with simmering water.

While the chocolate and butter were melting nicely, and making the kitchen smelling divine, I put the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in my KitchenAid mixer and mixed them on speed 6.

While the mixture was being mixed in the KitchenAid and the chocolate and butter were melting, I prepared the flour and salt.

By the time the mixture was nice and glossy, the chocolate and butter had melted completely, so I added them to the mixture and mixed everything (still on speed 6).

I sifted the flour and salt directly in the KitchenAid bowl and mixed with all the other ingredients (always on speed 6).

Finally, I removed the mixer bowl from the mixer stand and poured everything into the baking tray with parchment paper. I made sure the mixture was nicely and evenly spread and baked it for about 30 minutes. When the top had a brown crust with cracks, I knew the brownie was ready.

Words cannot explain the smell in my flat while the brownie was cooking, simply delicious!!

Once it looked nicely cooked, I took it out of the oven and left it to rest for one about hour until it was cold. I then removed the brownie from the baking try, simply lifting it using the parchment paper. I cut it into squares, dusted with icing sugar and served to the London family, aka Ryan and my sister!!!

These brownies are the best! I made it with strawberries. pecan nuts, choc chips, dry fruit, you can really add anything you fancy in it!

Just give it a go!!!

If you want to make this recipe and share it on your social media please tag me using @prepandproperrecipes and using the tag #prepandproperrecipes

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