I wanted to bake something for the walking group that was quick and easy, preferably a traybake, and brownies came to mind. I hadn’t made brownies for years and looked for a recipe that didn't require melted chocolate as I didn't have any real chocolate to melt except for a bag of chocolate chips. This one by Mary Berry has to be the easiest recipe ever.
They turned out to be really good with a crusty top and a squidgy middle.
What more could you want?!
275g softened butter
375g caster sugar
4 large eggs
75g cocoa powder
100g plain flour
100g dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160° fan / gas mk 4. Grease a large baking tin or roasting tin measuring about 30 x 23cm and line with baking paper.
Put all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl and beat together using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon and a hefty amount of muscle power! I started with the wooden spoon but resorted to a hand held mixer which was working very hard. Next time I will use my Kenwood food mixer.
Add the chocolate chips and stir in. Transfer to the tin and level the top. Tap on the worktop a few times to settle the mixture and dispel any air bubbles.
Bake for 30 minutes then cover loosely with foil. Bake for a further 10 minutes until just done. Over baking will cause the brownies to lose their gooey centre. Cool in the tin.
Cuts into 24 generous squares.