Recipe: A chocolate craving! Homemade fudgy brownie from scratch

by - July 25, 2017

I have been craving chocolate... craving for a while now. Not a bar or two. Not even a cake or an ice cream. A wicked craving. Shut myself away from the world, witting with knees folded on the couch, my favourite music playing in the background, a rich, luscious, sinful dessert in my hands, savoring each mouthful. I always want chocolate. It doesn't matter if it's day or night, hot or cold. Chocolate and I have a pretty special thing goin' on. It's no secret that a brownie is a decadent, molten chocolate indulgence that will satisfy you even in chocolate-emergency situations. They can be so easy to whip up in no time flat and everyone loves them. Total dessert win. 

You see, I have very high standards when it comes to homemade brownies. I want them to be like the box mix - the dense, moist and fudgy texture is not all different from what you can expect from the boxed mixes. It gets better too because they are homemade. They need to be thick too. And since we're using cocoa powder, they aren't overly sweet. I was able to fine-tune the brownies so that the middles were softer and moist and the tops were shiny and candy-like. The recipe is pure gold. Well, I cannot guarantee success because unfortunately, brownies are just one of those desserts that are difficult to master.

Biting into these is pure R-rated heaven.

This is by far my favourite brownie recipe and I am happy to share it with you today. These homemade fudgy brownies are thick, chewy, fudgy and made completely from scratch. You'll never need a box mix again!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes


1 cup unsalted butter
1½ cups granulated sugar
⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
1⅓ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, cold
¾ cup all-purpose flour
5 oz roughly chopped dark chocolate cocoa (54-70 percent cocoa)

  1. Position rack in upper third of the oven.
  2. Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
  3. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on each side.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Mix in both sugars, the cocoa powder and salt with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. The mixture should be lukewarm before adding the eggs. If not, set aside to cool slightly. To test, a clean finger should be able to comfortable stay in the mixture without getting burned.
  6. Vigorously stir in the vanilla and eggs. Once the batter appears shiny and the eggs are blended in well, add the flour and mix just until the flour has disappeared. 
  7. Briskly stir in the chopped chocolate and spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 38-43 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter.
  9. Allow brownies to cool in the pan placed on wire rack. Life the parchment paper and transfer brownies to a cutting board and cut into 16 equal squares.
This recipe is adapted from Handmade Baking by Kamran Siddiqi. Kamran is a genius when it comes to chocolate. Check it out if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth or visit Sophisticated Gourmet for more goodies.

Whisk your butter and sugar really well.
Beat in your eggs for a good minute. This step is crucial for that crackly top.
Do NOT over beat your batter once the flour and cocoa powder are added. That creates air in the batter which will give you cake-like textured brownies. 
You may use foil liner instead of parchment paper. Just lightly grease it with oil.
I have used dark brown sugar. You may use sugar of your choice.
If sugar granules are large then after measuring, you may pulse it in your blender and use.
Store brownies in a cool dry place for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Hope you like this recipe as much as I do. Now, go satisfy your craving and get to baking!

If you like this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #panphila - I love to see your creation on Instagram!

Images via Bakerella

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  1. sedapnya brownies..fav..

    **mmg susah nk jmpa laksam yg sedap kalo org jual ..pernh mkn kuahnya ada tulang mujur tk tercekik..nasibaik homemade by mama dpt la puas mkn

  2. Tengok gambar tu kecur air liur dibuatnya

  3. Adoiiii teringinnya nak makan brownies.. Nyum nyum

  4. Sedapnye.. brownies kedut tu

  5. Brownies yg kedut mcm tulah yg sedapkan Nisa....aduh terliurnya...

  6. sedapnya.. akak suka brownies.. lagi suka kalau ada banyak nuts.. crazy ahh.

  7. mek pun suka benda manis cam ni. tapi tak suka buat. hahaa. kategori pemalas.

  8. Sedapnyaaaaaaaaa. Meleleh air liur.

  9. p/s br sempat menjengah arini

  10. I crave for a moist choc cake..

  11. my favourite too, chocolate..yummy

  12. bestnya brownies...selalu beli dengan orang je..kalau buat sendiri pun dah jimat kan

  13. sedapnyaa
    lama x buat brownies
    dulu iols jual brownies
    skrg x de masa nak buat..stop sekejap..penat bukan main haha

  14. Tak penah nak cuba buat brownies pun... Tapi bila tengok orang lain buat nampak cam senang je... Rasa nak try buat... Tengok jadi ke tak... Harap2 tak ke tong sampah...

  15. Uishhhhhhh, terliur jadinya. sedaplahh browniessss

  16. Wonderful recipe - not using the metric system, easier to measure & simple ingredients. I love desserts, but I don't indulge much, & I bake even less bcos I abhor the clean-up process. I'll give this one a try bcos it's tried & tested by you. Thanks for sharing dear! :D

  17. nyumm..saya suka brownies tapi yg tak terlalu manis. mmg sedap crunch di atas tu..huhu

  18. chocolate brownie looks so delicious. :D

  19. this brownies look super delicious, yummmm!

  20. Sedapnya . Boleh la cuba resipi brownies nie (:

  21. Alaaa terliur sangat.. Nak buat malas.. Tp pencinta brownies :P

  22. sedapnyaaa , saya tag awak

  23. I love to eat fudgy brownie. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I can make my own rather than wait for others to make for me!!

  24. Oh god! It looks delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe will try and hope not to fail :)

  25. Yum..Yum.. Like the chocolate brownie.

  26. sedapnya brownies! selalu beli dari orang atau@un buat guna yang dah siap punya cuma tambah telur lol