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Monday, 10 June 2013

Fantastically Frugal Brownies

Janey's brownies - quick and perfect.
Now I'm not much of a cake eater, strike me dead now, but I'm not. However, if the mood takes me, or visitors call unexpectedly, or we're on a road trip - we make these  and they are just brilliant. Nice and tasty, no faffing with melting chocolate and really really frugal too. Works every time like a charm, keep for well over a week - cost approximately £1-£1.50. 

Reduce the sugar if you like, but don't stint on the cocoa powder if you want them really chocolatey. So  possibly the most perfect brownie recipe in the world, and as its NOT mine I can claim it as utterly brilliant, its from a close friend. Enjoy - its simple quick and so tasty you'll stop faffing with other recipes which insist you melt chocolate. Not this recipe, just use cocoa powder and you're sorted if really stuck use drinking chocolate but its really not as good, you've been warned. But, if you have a brownie emergency then I understand, just crack on. It's really this simple.

I'm on a road trip later this week to collect my manchild from university. I'll be doing a batch of these - half for the trip, half for those abandoned at home. Whilst I don't like cake, brownies are a whole different ball game. I'm so grateful my chum shared this recipe.

Janey's Brownies (makes 24 brownies)
8oz granulated sugar
1 1/2 oz cocoa
3 oz self raising flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk (or water)
4 oz butter melted

(or use cooking margarine/vegetable oil, to be honest aside the thought of it, I really can't tell the difference)

Butter a tray or line a tray with foil or greaseproof paper, 20cm by 3cm, or 12" by 8".
Mix the dry ingredients, beat eggs and milk (optional you can use water).
Add melted (not hot) butter.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients with a wooden spoon
(not difficult, like a muffin mix, no need to over mix).
Bake for 25-30 minutes  (depending on how gooey you want them) in a preheated oven 180 o C (360 o F) oven, Gas 4-5.

Until next time, don't stint on the cocoa! Happy scoffing.


  1. Chocolate being one of the major food groups, I collect brownie recipes-- exciting to find one made with cocoa!

  2. Chocolate is a major food group!

    I'm glad you like this one, its our favourite.


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