Having an American mom means I grew up eating amazing homemade pancakes, burgers, pizzas, cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, and the list goes on a on. Because of that, I have this very bad habit of comparing those “typical American” foods to the ones she makes, mainly because many times they’re not as good. And I’m not the only one that says this; when I was in middle school and we had some sort of party or event going on, my classmates would always ask me to get Karyn (that’s her name by the way, I got tired of saying “my mom”) to bake giant chocolate chip cookies. She also made Simon a cheesecake for his birthday last year because it’s his favorite cake, and he actually said it was the best cheesecake he has ever had in his life. And trust me he only gives out compliments like that when he really, really means them.
One of the things that she makes that is actually very, very hard to beat are brownies. Her recipe is the most simple yet the most delicious, rich, creamy and scrumptious I have ever tried. It’s so good that I don’t normally even bother to try brownies at cafes or bakeries because I know that they won’t be as good. Until I came across Bad Brownies at Maltby Street Market last week…
They looked like totally normal brownies, until I saw the ‘Awarded Best Brownie in London’ tag pinned to their salted caramel ones. I love salted caramel, and if it was actually voted as the best in London, I felt the need to try it. I went for the vegan option though, because the non-vegan had hard candy and I’m not a fan of it… And it was SO, SO, SO GOOD!!
And because I’m feeling generous today, I have decided to share Karyn’s famous chocolate brownies. You’re very welcome!
Ingredients (cuts into 24 brownies) 300 g butter 1 cup cacao powder 2 1/4 cups sugar 5 eggs 1 1/2 cups flour Method Preheat oven at 170º C. Mix everything in a big bowl and pour onto baking tray with parchment paper. Cook between 20 to 25 minutes, depending on how done you want them to be. I personally like them when they're a bit uncooked in the centre, but it's entirely up to you. Once you take them out of the oven, let them cool down for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut into squares and try not to eat all of them at once!