Baking on a Budget: Brilliant Brownies
When you’re baking with chocolate, avoid buying pricey branded bars in favour of supermarkets’ budget range.
What you’re looking for is a good cocoa content, which you can find in local supermarkets at a very cheap price. For example, Sainsbury’s basic dark chocolate has a cocoa content of 52% and is just 35 per bar – an absolute bargain! The best thing is that nobody will ever be able to tell the difference!
- 200g Sainsbury’s Basics dark chocolate, roughly broken
- 170g unsalted butter, cubed
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 free-range eggs
- 60g cocoa powder
- 80g plain flour, sifted
- Pre-heat your oven to 170C. Boil the kettle and half fill a pot with the boiling water. Put the chocolate and butter into a bowl (one that sits snugly on the pot) and stir gently until melted. Allow to cool slightly.
- Place the sugar and eggs in a separate bowl and whisk until fluffy and mousse-like.
- Sift the cocoa powder into the flour
- Gently fold the sugar mix into the melted chocolate
- Next, fold in the flour and cocoa mix. Try to do this with as few movements as possible.
- Pour the mixture into a lined 20cm brownie tin and bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Remove from tin and allow to cool
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