Never-fail (cakey) chocolate brownies // recipe

The connection between food and memories comes into play big time for me with this one. I was lucky enough to have a lovely friend living 4 houses down the street from me as I grew up and this was out staple baking treat. Frances, this one’s for you 🙂


1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cups cocoa
1 1/2 tsp bicarb
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 180°C

Sift dry ingredients, beat oil, egg, milk, vanilla essence and add to dry ingredients.
Add boiling water and mix well.
Pour (yes, it should look runny) into a baking tin lined with baking paper (I use a pyrex dish about 30 x 20 cm) and bake for 30-35 minutes.

50g butter
30ml cocoa
45ml milk
250g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
50g chopped walnuts / pecan nuts (optional)

Melt butter and milk
Sift in icing sugar and cocoa, add vanilla and mix well. If you have sugar lumps, just keep mixing. Sprinkle nuts

Tip: When cutting, it can get a bit messy, so my trick is to place some old newspaper under the tray I’m cutting it on. That way you can just fold up the newspaper afterwards and chuck it in the bin. Allowing brownies to cool before cutting also helps with the mess 🙂

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