Ba­sic brown­ies

Friday - - Good Food -

Prep time 30 mins Cook­ing time 20 mins Makes 16

150g un­salted but­ter 300g caster sugar 1/4 tsp salt 110g co­coa pow­der 1/2 tsp vanilla ex­tract 2 eggs, straight from the fridge 120g plain flour ic­ing sugar and fresh berries, to serve 1 Pre­heat the oven to 160°C. Place the but­ter, sugar, salt and co­coa pow­der in a large heat­proof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of sim­mer­ing hot wa­ter. Do not let the bot­tom of the bowl touch the wa­ter. Stir gen­tly un­til the but­ter has melted and ev­ery­thing is com­bined. The mix­ture should be smooth, but slightly gritty. Set aside to cool. 2 Line a 20cm square tin with grease­proof pa­per. When the mix­ture is cool, beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisk­ing be­tween each ad­di­tion, un­til the mix­ture is smooth. 3 Beat in the flour un­til the mix­ture is smooth and slightly glossy, en­sur­ing any flour stuck to the bot­tom of the bowl is in­cor­po­rated. Pour into the tin and bake in the bot­tom half of the oven for 20 min­utes. 4 Re­move from the oven, al­low to cool com­pletely, then take out of the tin and re­move the pa­per. Slice into 16 squares. 5 Dust with ic­ing sugar and serve with fresh berries.

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