Best Brownie Recipe: Green & Blacks Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

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brownies bake until the crust forms and cracksBrownies are something I really love.  REALLY REALLY! As someone who is in love with Paul A Young’s chocolate brownies (and the ones with pecans but not the blondies *ewww*), I decided to have a bash at making some myself.  As some of you know, I’m not the world’s best cook and with the erupting cupcakes I demonstrated this with alarming visual effects.  SRSLY.

So after the launch event where I got the Green and Blacks Ultimate Cookbook, I decided to give baking another try.

It should be noted that HUSBAND did NOT eat many of these.  He, in fact, ate only THREE of these.  It’s one of the reasons I’m not making the sea salt caramel torte next but the choc chip cookies.  I don’t think these turned out that badly really…

So first thing I did was to gather all my ingredients.  Nothing like discovering you don’t have enough eggs or whatever once you started.  Trust me, once you have the chocolate and butter in the bain-marie you can’t recover…

Ultimate Chocolate Brownies Recipe


baking my brownies - the ingredients300g unsalted butter
3 x 100g 70% Green and Blacks chocolate bars
5 large free-range eggs
450g soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla flavouring (I don’t have any extract)
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt


brownies melt chocolate and butter togetherSo first thing I did was to put the oven on to 180C and lined the 28cm x 25cm x 5.5cm tin with greaseproof paper.  This was harder than it sounds and resulted in a bubble but more about that later…

I melted the butter and chocolate slowly together.  This is important as if you try and melt this in a pot over direct heat it is doomed to failure.  I melted them in the bain-marie which was my metal mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water.
brownies mix chocolate mix with eggs and sugarNext I beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together in another metal bowl.  It says to beat until creamy so it coats the back of a spoon so I guessed.  Once this was all beaten, you need to add this TO the chocolate.  I don’t know if it works the other way around but I don’t want to try… :-/

I then sift the flour and salt together into the mixture.  As you can see, my “sieve” isn’t but hey – needs must!brownies sift in flour and salt

I pour this into the baking tin which is liked with paper and *whoops* you can see I did taste the mix by taking fingerfuls from the spatula.

brownies pour mixture into baking pan linedI baked it for 22 minutes and noticed a giant air bubble had formed under the brownies.  I don’t know what I did that resulted in this – whether it was the paper or mixing or what.  I think I needed to tap the tray to let the bubbles out and I hadn’t. When they came out they looked amazing but they were raw in the middle.  I realised that they were best the next day when the uncooked part had actually firmed up and was a delicious moist middle.

So all in all a good brownie.  I just don’t understand why husband didn’t like them.

About Judith Lewis

Editor and chief blogger at Mostly About Chocolate. Expert SEO. judge at various chocolate awards, wine awards, and all the Search Awards. Judith is passionate about food, wine, and travel.

5 Responses to Best Brownie Recipe: Green & Blacks Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

  1. JudithLewis says:

    I have to add this link – – this is for a video on deep fried cheesecake. No joke. With chocolate added in. Rolled in icing sugar. covered with chocolate sauce and strawberry sauce. And more icing sugar. WTF?!?

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  4. Heather says:

    Just wondering what size time you used for these brownies. can’t wait to try them

    • Judith Lewis says:

      Ah! I cannot believe I missed that off – It was a 29cm x 23cm x 5.5cm pan lined with parchment paper (baking parchment)

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