Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Perfect Single-Serving Brownie

My life is so tough. Not only have I been having to cook all my meals myself (what a shame...), but I've also been having to eat my way through countless one-serving brownies in order to create the perfect version. Hard, but someone's got to do it, right? The things I do for food... However, after many, many attempts, I'm pretty sure I've deciphered the secret to a gooey, chocolatey, molten, warming, filling, indulgent single-serving brownie, and my god I am in love.

This isn't a microwave-and-go recipe, because I sadly don't have access to one. On the other hand, I think using an oven gives you more reliability and therefore more happiness. Everyone wins! Plus, you get enough time while it's cooking to give your preferred tv/film enough time to load, or fast forward it on the tv to the perfect starting point, or even to run a bath, put a face mask on, or just to lie on the floor in a puddle of contentment. I have done all of these whilst waiting for it cook. 

Recipe (makes one large brownie, enough for two people if you're feeling generous):

4 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp caster sugar
Just over 1/8tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
12g butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Handful chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 180oC.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients, and whisk until combined.
  4. Scatter chocolate chips on top/combine in the brownie if desired.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on how gooey you want the centre to be.