And oh boy - she didn't! These really are quite amazing chocolate brownies! They're moist in the middle, firm on the top and are deliciously moreish. And so incredibly easy to make - nothing more complicated than a fork for mixing it all together. Whether you think you might agree that these really are the best chocolate brownies in the world or not, I would strongly recommend that you try them out because they're well worth the effort. I've actually made them twice now in the space of a week or so which should tell you something!
I'm not going to repeat Jen's recipe because you can get it from here, but I have got a couple of things to add:
1 I used a bag of chocolate drops as part of the total weight of chocolate but I didn't melt them in with the rest of the chocolate, I just stirred them in at the end. White chocolate drops are a lovely contrast with the dark chocolate of the brownie.
2 Jen suggests using a mixture of dark and milk chocolate, brown and white sugar and that's what I did too; it worked very well.
3 When you melt the chocolate and butter together, use a LARGE bowl or it all spills over and makes a dreadful mess. You don't need to know how I know this (or how long it took to clean up), just rest assured that in my quest to bring you a scientifically researched post, I have tried out various options and a LARGE bowl makes for a much happier experience all round.
4 My baking tin is 18cm x 27cm although I may well experiment with other sizes in the future, and yes, the greaseproof paper is an essential requirement.
5 I cook on an Aga so for anyone doing the same, I suggest putting the baking tin on the grid shelf on the bottom set of runners with the cold shelf on the second set of runners. I cooked my brownies for about 30 minutes, although I'd recommend keeping an eye on them so that they don't burn.
I think it's always a good indication of how well a cake has turned out by how long it lasts in the tin. By the next morning there were only crumbs left, so I can't give you any clues as to it's keeping quality, but it's clear that it turned out very well indeed and there wasn't any wasted - and that's a good thing, wouldn't you agree? J