Seriously rich and delicious, these chewy homemade brownies are dangerously easy to make. Plus with their chewy texture, it will be hard to resist eating just one!
Craving something indulgent but uncomplicated? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back with these deliciously chewy homemade brownies!
I’ve been working hard on this recipe to try to develop the ultimate brownies for you all. They have that perfectly chewy texture (no cakey brownies here!) and rich chocolate flavour. Plus they are genuinely so easy to make with just a few bowls, a whisk and spatula. No mixer required and limited washing up. That’s a winner for me!
After publishing my Banoffee Brownie recipe, I realised I wanted to go back and create a classic brownie recipe that my readers could rely upon as their go-to brownie recipe.
As I mention in my About Me page, my whole baking journey (unexpectedly as you’ll read there!) began with brownies. So it only seems right that I should finally create my very own recipe!
I went through several test batches to get these just how I like them. They progressively got less cakey and much more chewy!
I also worked on trying to get that shiny, crackled top. As you can see they started off quite dull on top but eventually developed that lovely shine!
What makes them ‘chewy’ rather than ‘cakey’?
It all comes down to certain ingredients such as flour, eggs and raising agent. My first batch contained baking powder and four eggs. I added the baking powder thinking they would need some sort of ‘lift’ to avoid an overly dense brownie. I was wrong! It was far too cakey and dry for my liking.
I removed the baking powder from the second batch but they still came out cakey which I then realised was down to the number of eggs. Long story short, my final recipe has no raising agent, fewer eggs, more chocolate and butter, less flour and some light brown sugar for extra moisture. The winning combination for rich and mega chewy brownies!
How do you get the shiny, crackled tops?
White sugar, and quite a lot of it! My first few batches contained a higher ratio of light brown to white sugar, in an attempt to add moisture. However, when I tried it with mostly caster sugar the brownie tops became super shiny with the perfect crackle! I believe adding the warm melted chocolate-butter mixture to the sugar helps with this too.
Are they actually easy to make?
YES! These brownies are really easy to whip together, so put that box mix away!
You’ll need one bowl for the dry ingredients. One for the sugar. One for the melted chocolate-butter mixture. Combine all three into the one large bowl (in the order outlined below), throw in some chocolate chips and voila! As I mentioned earlier, they are dangerously easy to make so don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂
I can’t wait to see what you guys think of these and hopefully your search for your ideal chewy brownie will finally be over!
Chewy Homemade Brownies
- 110 g plain flour
- 90 g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 250 g caster sugar
- 50 g light brown sugar
- 180 g butter cubed
- 160 g good quality dark chocolate chopped
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 medium eggs room temperature
- 150 g chocolate chips milk or dark
- Preheat your oven to 170°C/150°C fan. Grease a 12″ x 9″ traybake tin with butter or non-stick spray, line with foil/baking/parchment paper. If using foil, spray it again with non-stick spray once lined.
- To a medium bowl add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- To a large bowl add the caster and light brown sugar. Set aside.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chopped dark chocolate and cubed butter. Heat in microwave in 20-second increments, stirring in between until melted and no lumps of chocolate remain.
- Pour this melted chocolate-butter mixture into the large bowl containing both sugars. whisk together until combined, about 30 seconds.
- Add the vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
- Now add the eggs, one by one, whisking thoroughly between each addition to ensure they’re fully incorporated. With each addition of egg, you’ll notice the batter feels thicker and more difficult to whisk, so you may need to scrape from the bottom and fold together in between whisking.
- Put your whisk aside and use a spatula/wooden spoon from this point. Add half the dry ingredients to this large bowl and fold gently until just incorporated. Repeat with the remaining half of dry ingredients. This will also feel a bit tricky to mix together at first but stick with it! Make sure no pockets of flour remain and try not to over-mix.
- Add the chocolate chips and fold together until spread evenly through your brownie batter.
- Pour the brownie batter into your prepared traybake tin. It will be thick so you will need to spread it evenly into all corners of your traybake tin, and level it as best you can with your spatula so that it bakes evenly.
- Place the traybake tin onto the middle shelf of your preheated oven for between 25-30 mins. Mine took 27 minutes. Test from 25 minutes by inserting a cake skewer or cocktail stick into several areas of the brownie – there should be some moist crumbs on the skewer/stick. If it comes out clean, the brownies are over-baked. If it contains wet mixture, it is under-baked so place back in the oven for 2 more minutes before testing again.
- Once baked, place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Try to resist the urge to remove them or cut into them before they’re cool as they need time to set.
- Brownies will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for around 5 days.
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