Homemade Brownies

The first time I made brownies I over baked them. I was hoping for a chocolatey, gooey mess but what I ended up with was more like rock cake. Let’s just say they didn’t go down too well.

It’s been years since I’ve reattempted them but today I’ve given them another go! I found an easy brownie recipe from www.food.com which I slightly modified with great results! My kitchen smells so good!



  • a handful of sultanas
  • a handful of cacao nibs


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix oil and sugar until well blended. Living in a cold country my coconut oil is solid so I had to melt it in the microwave first.
  • Add eggs and vanilla; stir just until blended.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Stir dry ingredients into the oil/sugar mixture.
  • Pour into a greased pan.

So here is the thing. The recipe suggests baking for 20 minutes or until the sides start to pull away from the pan however I reduced the heat to 200°, baked for 15 minutes, turned off the oven and left it in for another 5 mins. This ensured that the brownies remained soft but with a firm top. There will be no over baking today!

  • Cool completely before cutting.
  • Enjoy!

Like I said the kitchen smells great and hubby came rushing in trying to grab a bite as soon as the brownies came out of the office. He was sent packing!

Post Baking Tips

  • I honestly think there is too much sugar in this recipe so the next time I make it I’ll reduce the amount. Of course this is down to personal preference.
  • The cacao nibs and sultanas were the perfect addition.
  • The brownies only need 15 minutes in my oven.
  • Overall they taste great!

There are so many ways brownies can be enjoyed – with walnuts, a ganache topping, with cream – how do you like yours?



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