Mix and Bake: Good Ol’ homemade Chocolate Brownies


It was several months ago now, my friend, Bianca made me her special brownies. Not really special when judging the ingredients (none of that fancy smancy 70% high quality cocoa) but boy.

All it took was one small bite and I was in love. Not too sweet, chewy and just moist enough on the inside with a slight crunch to the edge. These were definitely my kind of brownies. I’ve encountered many brownie recipes in the past, most of which turned out to be either too sweet or too buttery – or in some unfortunate cases, both. But the search was finally over.

This quick and incredibly simple recipe is now my go to for quick chocolate fixes and it works a charm as a fail proof crowd pleaser . I’ve adapted the recipe slightly – but credits go to Bianca!


  • 200g butter (melted)
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional, can be substituted for walnuts)
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • ½ cup self-raising flour


  1. Preheat oven to 160 C. Line a 17cm x 27cm slice tin with non stick baking paper.
  2. Cream butter, eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Sift together the flour and cocoa powder. (If you like, stir in additional chocolate chips/ toasted nuts) Gently fold the mixture until ingredients are well blended.
  4. Add in the vanilla essence and mix one last time.
  5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes at 160 C.

Tip: If you want to add something extra to this mixture, stir half a cup of toasted nuts – such as peanuts, almonds or walnuts – into the mixture before baking. Or replace the chocolate chips with white chocolate bits for a change.

– Posted by E –


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