Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nigella's Everyday Brownies

My family is never sick of chocolate... and brownies!

Having said that, I wouldn't recommend eating brownies everyday for a healthy living but wouldn't mind having a "micro" slice of brownies everyday to satisfy our chocolate cravings.

Unlike the low fat Everyday Yogurt Cake that I have previously baked, I reckon that this Nigella Lawson's Everyday Brownies is not intended for everyday consumption. It is a quick recipe that anyone can easily bake when any of us are expected to bake something instantly...

Although these brownies are made with this quick and easy recipe, they are not less extravagant at all if good-quality ingredients are used. My son and I made ours with Callebaut cocoa powder and chocolate chunks with 70% cocoa. We made ours slightly different from the original Nigella's method; we adapted a more child-friendly way by stirring warm melted butter and everything else off the stove instead of using a heated saucepan. After tasting our first slices of brownies, my son and I were totally sold. These brownies are truly heavenly as what Nigella described, they did "ooze with dark elegance and deep, deep chocolatiness"... Yum!

Never enough of brownies and... Nigella? Yes, of course.

Nigella Lawson is an internationally well-known British food writer. She is neither a trained chef nor cook but has expressed well her relaxed approach of cooking and food. I'm totally convinced by her sensual manner of presenting her cooking and food and love her being the "queen of food porn".

In 1998, Nigella wrote her book, How to Eat, which sold 300,000 copies and became a best-seller and went on to write her second book in 2000, How to be a Domestic Goddess, winning her the British Book Award for Author of the Year. And, of course, I'm a proud owner of these two books and more and love to cook and bake like
this queen of food porn.

Easy everyday brownies Nigella Lawson
Proudly presenting our everyday brownies...
Mixing the batter
Baking the brownies
Easy everyday brownies Nigella Lawson
We were excited to see oozing chocolate when we sliced our freshly baked brownies...
Thanks Nigella! This recipe is brilliant!
easy everyday brownies Nigella Lawson
Never enough of this!

Here's the simplified format of the recipe from Nigella Quick Collection App or the book, Kitchen by Nigella Lawson (with my modification in blue)

10 tbsp unsalted butter
1 2/3 cups light brown muscovado sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
(I used the Dutch processed one)
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
4 eggs
(reduced to 2 eggs for 2/3 of recipe)
1 tsp vanilla extract
approx. 6 oz milk chocolate
(I used dark chocolate with 70% cocoa)
icing sugar, to dust, optional
(I didn't do this)
11 x 9 x 2 inches baking tin (lined with baking paper)

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F (160°C fan forced). Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a saucepan. Add sugar into melted butter and stir mixture until well incorporated.  
(My child friendly method: When the butter is melted, I removed my saucepan from the heat at this stage and poured the warm butter into a mixing bowl to stir in the sugar.)

Sift cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and pinch of salt together, and add the mixture into the pan. When mixed, this will be a very dry mixture and remove from the heat.  
(My child friendly method: I removed my saucepan from heat at the previous step.)

In a bowl or jug, whisk the eggs with the vanilla extract and then mix into the brownie mixture in the pan.

Chop the chocolate into small chunks, then stir it in. Pour into the prepared baking tin. Spread the mixture with a spatula and bake for 20–25 min. It will look set, dark and dry on top but feel a little wibbly underneath. The cake tester will come out gungy and according to Nigella, this is desirable.

Transfer the tin to a rack to cool before cutting and dusting with icing sugar. (I didn't dust my brownies with icing sugar). Serve them either warm gorgeously with oozing chocolate or cold more brownies-like with a little chewy top texture.

Note: Using 2/3 of the recipe, we have baked our brownies in 20 cm square baking tin at 160°C fan forced for 20 min.

Happy Baking
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  1. Wow! Love that oozing chocolates in your brownies. Zoe, which is your favourite Nigella's cookbooks? For me, I like Kitchen because it was very well written with kitchen tips and family stories,everyday family food to exotic name foods.

    1. Hi Lian,

      I like all of my Nigella books and like Feast the most. Kitchen is great too! I feel that her cooking speaks honestly about herself and her food. Nigella is my idol!


  2. Hi Zoe! I have come to drool over your brownies, they are so oozing with chocolates, so different from the one I baked to pin this for when I get brownies cravings again:D...can't be baking too many brownies since they are choked full of calories huh!

  3. Truly - I'm drooling!! these brownies look amazing and yes I could absolutely eat these every day :))
    Mary x

  4. Hi Zoe! WOW! I call this perfect timing. I was just looking for an enticing Brownie recipe to pin for National Brownies at Brunch Month (which happens to be in August) and lo and behold, here you post these "Everyday Brownies."

    I'm a HUGE brownie fan and these are just perfect in every way!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  5. Oooh..that looks delicious. I would be yearning to eat more than a piece e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y ^.^

  6. Zoe!!! look fantastic I love Nigella récipes!

  7. Another great and tempting brownies from your kitchen! Yum!

  8. Hi Zoe,
    Your brownies are very tempting indeed with the oozing chocolate!
    I just love all of Nigella's recipes! Looking forward to see what everyone else will be making!

  9. I hardly bake brownies but looking at yours just give me a second thoughts to go for it and what's more Nigella's recipe always taste excellent.

  10. love the oozing chocolate coming out of the brownies (almost making me faint girl)....this is what Nigella"s recipes are about...hail to queen of food porn :)
    Thank you so much Zoe for this opportunity to cohost, and dragging me out of my lethargy. Mwaaaaah

  11. Wow Zoe, these brownies look so good! I wish I had a Nigella recipe to share for the party. It sounds like fun.

  12. Love these moist, rich brownies!

  13. These made me SO hungry for brownies!! I'm not even a brownie lover...I usually can walk away from them, no problem, but your photos and description and so captivating! Yummmy!!

  14. I don't believe anyone can ever get sick of chocolates! At least I don't think i would :) Your everyday brownies look super shiok enough to eat daily for sure (not that I think I would because of the calories ;P) Nigella and chocolate are a divine combination!

  15. Your brownies so moist and so chocolatey. Love it.

  16. Yum. Have a major league craving for some gooey brownies now.

  17. WOW! This is so decadent & inviting! Look at that melting chocolate oozing out!!!! Gosh! Now I'm so tempted to make some for tonight!! Can't say NO to heavenly chocolate !

  18. Hi Zoe, do you mind linking this to LTU as well? Any recipe is accepted as long as there are eggs. Thanks!

    Love that the brownies are still gooey in the centre. Yum!

  19. Look at the chocolate oozing out.. I want some right now, U r tempting me darling !

  20. I don't know about everyday, this looks very special occasion to me!

  21. Thank you for giving my sweet tooth something to look forward to making!

  22. These brownies look SO good! I love finding new brownie recipes, yum!

  23. I nearly lick the screen lol Not your ordinary everyday brownies for sure ! These bake looks sinful and drool-worthy !

  24. These brownies look so decadent and divine! My mouth is watering! So delicious :)

  25. This looks so that drooling chocolate and for me it definitely is Everyday brownies :)

  26. Probably too decadent for everyday, once a week should be fine! ;)

  27. Book marking! This looks so moist and fudgy!

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