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American recipes: Brownies

3 Chocolate brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauceFinally, FINALLY, I have found the perfect brownie recipe.  I have searched for a long time for brownies, I would venture to say even years.  I started to think it was me.  What was I doing that was so wrong?  Why were my brownies dry or too soft or taste odd?

My husband’s favourite dessert is hot chocolate brownies with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.  So I have been searching for brownies that are soft and fudgy in the centre and tastes amazing for a while.

I’ve tried many recipes with additional chocolate chips and unusual additions, but until a friend pointed me to the Hummingbird recipe, I was at a loss.

The Hummingbird bakery is quite famous in London.  It’s mainly known for their cupcakes, but they also have amazing American style cakes and of course, brownies.

This recipe is so simple and there are only 5 ingredients and I will never attempt any recipe.  Perfect for Valentine’s day…


  • 200 gr dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa or more)
  • 175 gr unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 325 gr caster sugar
  • 130 gr plain flour
  • 3 eggs


Turn the oven to 170 C / 325 F.

Grease a large baking dish (33 x 23 x 5cm OR 13 x 9 x 2 inch), and line the base with greaseproof paper.

Half fill a large saucepan with water and heat to a simmer.

In a heatproof bowl, that fits inside the saucepan, add the chocolate that has been broken into pieces and the butter.   Gently add the bowl to the simmering water.  Ensure that the bowl doesn’t touch the bottom of the saucepan and the water doesn’t go inside.  Heat gently until the butter and chocolate is melted.

In a large mixing bowl, add the sugar and then stir in the melted chocolate mixture.  Once well combined, sift in the flour and stir well to combine well.  Then finally add the eggs and stir until the mixture is nice and thick.

Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice creamPour into the prepared baking dish.  Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 30 minutes and then leave to cool.

The brownies can be served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce or just a dusting of icing sugar on top.


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