Wanted to try my hands at baking cakes/cookies/etc. ever since we renovated our kitchen and installed a really nice oven 5 years ago. Tried 3 times and failed to make a good banana cake, the ready-mix kind!!

Got this brownies recipe from a foodblog that I haunt. It’s a good one and will definitely keep to make again and again. I was sceptical at how easy it was to prepare it but the brownies turned out great, delicious – soft and gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside.¬† ūüôā

Recipe directly copied from A Series of Kitchen Experiments
I used what I had at home and it is highlighted in italics and in brackets.

*  150g unsalted butter  (I used margarine)
*  250g sugar  (I used sugarcane sugar)
*  80g cocoa powder  (I used van Houten)
*  a pinch of salt
*  1 tsp vanilla extract
*  2 eggs, at room temperature
*  75g plain flour
*  50g Appleton Estate Rum, optional  (recommended but forgot to add)
*  75g chopped nuts eg walnut, pecan, almonds, etc, optional  (I put 35g pecan)


Preheat oven to 160C. Grease pie plate/brownie pan/etc. with some butter and dust with flour. (I lined a rectangular tin pan with baking paper.) Set aside until ready to use.

  1. Melt butter in saucepan (I microwaved my margarine for 1 min, mix, microwave another 2 mins) and stir in sugar. It’s okay if all crystals aren’t dissolved, we just wanna have sugar covered in butter.
  2. Add in cocoa powder and mix til no lumps are left.
  3. Add in eggs, vanilla extract and salt to batter and mix thoroughly.
  4. Gently fold in flour til it is incorporated into batter but do not overmix. Don’t disturb the gluten too much.
  5. Add in nuts and rum.
  6. Pour batter into baking tin and spread evenly. Bake for 50mins. If using smaller baking tin and want a taller brownie, increase baking time and test every 10mins with a skewer, until skewer comes out clean.

I was informed by a friend that Jamie Oliver’s brownie recipe’s really good and simple to make.. Shall try it out one day but just in case, here the website: Jamie Oliver’s Blooming Brilliant Brownies

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