Decadence. Rich, moist, luxurious, chocolatey decadence. If you’re going to do brownies, do them properly.
Serves one. (Specifically, me.)


You will need…

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 140g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt



1. Melt the butter and chocolate together. 

If you’re doing this in the microwave, note that butter and chocolate melt at quite different rates, so do the chocolate first and add the butter towards the end, otherwise you’ll just end up with some lumps of chocolate in a puddle of greasy butterwater. Nuke it in short bursts (30s, ideally not at full power) and stir well between each burst. 

Alternatively, heat it gently over a pan of simmering water. 

Mmmm... melty.

2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until it forms a thick, creamy mixture.

Needs more mixing Now it's mixed

3. Mix the chocolate goo into the sugarbutter goo, and then sift in the flour and salt. Mix thoroughly, to get a smooth, uniform texture. 

More mixing.

4. Line a deep baking tin with grease-proof paper (“baking parchment” on the other side of the pond, apparently), and bung it in the oven at 180°C/350°F/450K/815°R. The choice of baking tray matters: a deep tin will need much longer in the oven than a wide, shallow tin, but will allow you to be a bit more approximate in guessing the cooking times without risking it drying out. For this quantity, I use a 22x16cm dish — this is about as small & deep as I would recommend, and you can go quite a bit wider if you prefer.

A big tray of goo

5. Bake until a crust forms on top, and develops some deep cracks. An undercooked brownie will wobble like a jelly if you nudge the tray. It’s done when the wobbles become a bit stiffer, and it’s overdone if they stop entirely. For a deep tray, this could be 40 minutes or more; a shallower dish might only need 20-25 minutes.

Crusty goodness

6. Let it cool for 20 minutes before tucking in. Serve with ice-cream if you must, but it really just needs a mug of coffee.