Eating In Sweet

Gooey Chocolate Brownies – Recipe

August 18, 2016

Deciding what to make for an office shared lunch can be quite a challenge. You certainly don’t want your colleagues to think you are incompetent in the kitchen (even if you are, some things should be kept out of the office) but you also don’t want to get too complex. No one likes a show off, or to be accused of trying to pass off a shop-bought item as one of their own. Then there’s the added issue of actually getting the food to the office – there’s no way I’m carting anything bigger than a standard sized tupperware box across London on three tube changes and a bus ride. Yeah, my commute is worse than yours; I know.

Given the list of dietary requirements, general likes and dislikes, and the scrutiny of some discerning diners in your midst, I would recommend you do what I do and play it safe. Chocolate brownies are the answer; a guaranteed crowdpleaser. If by chance there is someone in your team who doesn’t like chocolate brownies, someone else will no doubt be rubbing their hands together with delight because that means there’s another one going spare…

Gooey Chocolate Brownies (adapted from Inspired Taste)

(makes 16 brownies)

  • 145g butter
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • raspberries (optional)

Preheat your oven to 160c and line a 20x20cm baking tin with baking paper.

Combine the butter, caster sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa in a mixing bowl and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Mix until the butter has melted and everything is combined – at this point it will look a little grainy, that’s fine.

Remove the bowl from the saucepan and allow the mixture to cool so you don’t end up with scrambled egg brownies. Add the vanilla and eggs – mix well until smooth and glossy.

Add the flour and walnuts (optional) and mix until well combined.

Pour into the tin and place the raspberries on top (optional). Bake for 30 minutes – there should be a crust on the outer while the centre will still be moist and gooey. Cook for a further 5 -10 minutes if you want a firmer, cakier texture.

Leave to cool before slicing and packing into that handbag friendly tupperware and away you go…

The best part about these chocolate brownies is that they are dead easy to make – if I can throw it together after a long commute and still be in bed by 10pm, so can you! We quite often add walnuts and raspberries (ingenious move by a certain someone) but you can honestly add in whatever else takes your fancy – chocolate chunks or dollops of caramel are my next moves!


Do you have an easy go-to recipe for those office shared lunches?

Or even better, do you have another great chocolate brownies recipe to share with me?

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  • aaaaaagggghhhhh – if only I had seen this an hour ago!! I had a couple of hours free mid afternoon today and was looking up brownie recipes.I currently have cocoa but no chocolate and couldn’t find a recipe that didn’t need actual chocolate but I have everything else I need for these! I’m now wondering if I can quickly throw it together right now 🙂

    • So happy to made these last weekend – your batch looked absolutely delectable!

  • Everyone thinks I’m incompetent in the kitchen. It makes people want to feed me. Everything has its upsides…

  • MissLilly

    we’re definitely on the same page here, I’ve also done brownies today. Love the idea of the raspberries on the top!

    • Great minds eh?! The raspberries work really well in this recipe as it’s so rich and gooey, it’s nice to have something tart cut through it!

  • Oh Connie these look incredible! Crowd Pleaser indeed!
    Lauren xx
    Elle Bloggs

    • Hooray for crowd pleasers – anyone who doesn’t like a chocolate brownie can’t be trusted!

  • Yum! I like the step by step pics- your cooking process looks a lot prettier than mine as I’m always making a mess. I’ve been putting Twix into my brownies recently, might have to switch it up for raspberries once they come into season.

    • Ooh I’ve never thought about putting Twix or other chocolate bars in my brownies… a colleague put dollops of nutella into hers and they were delicious!

  • Who are these people that don’t like chocolate brownies? Although now that i say it, my poor brother in law is allergic to chocolate and he still occasionally cheats.. and then pays for it afterwards!

    • Connie

      Oh I know… if you’re not on ‘team chocolate brownies’, you’re not on my team haha.

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