Mrs Laband’s Chocolate Brownies

I remember when I was in undergrad, going to maritzburg with Zoe and Felix. We would stay at their parents’ house and if we were lucky there would be a tupperware with chocolate brownies or carrot cake in the kitchen. In between acting ridiculously cool, talking shit, drinking autumn harvest crackling or quarts and smoking cigarettes in parking lots, we would eat delicious baked goods.

I always thought that chocolate brownies were really difficult to make, but a few years ago Zoe gave me her mum’s recipe, which I have been making as a quick and impressive dessert ever since. I like that it is a recipe that doesn’t need a lot of expensive ingredients to taste great.

Brownie ngredients:

  • 100g butter
  • 6Tbps cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup / 100g chopped nuts (in this case I used pecans, but you can use walnuts or almonds or a combination of all three)

Icing ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 1 heaped Tbsp cocoa
  • Icing sugar to make a runny icing (+/- a cup)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place a bowl over a boiling pot of water and melt the butter. Sieve the cocoa and mix it into the butter. In another bowl, crack the eggs and add the sugar. Beat them together until fluffy. Mix the egg and sugar fluff with the butter and cocoa. Sieve the dry ingredients into the bowl and fold through. Coarsely chop the nuts and fold through. Pour into a greased dish and bake for 20-30mins. Be careful not to bake it for two long. It should be moist. The brownies are done when you an imprint remains when lightly touched by a finger.

While the brownies are baking, make the icing. In a bowl, melt the butter with the hot water. Sieve the cocoa and about a cup of icing sugar into the butter. I know the amount for the icing sugar sounds vague, but I kinda wing it until I have a relatively runny icing. Pour the icing over the brownies while they are still hot. The icing will stiffen as the brownies cool.

Cut the brownies into squares and serve with cream, ice cream, fresh strawberries, custard or all of the above. I so wish I had brownies for breakfast right now.

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