Chocolate brownie recipes from Great British Chefs, Great British BakeOff contestants, professional bakers, the Food Thoughts baking team and community.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you… Our chocolate brownie recipes collection brings you the most chocolatey, moist and flavoursome chocolate brownie recipes around to try. Some use Food Thoughts Organic Cocoa Powder and others Food Thoughts Organic Cacao Powder for a more intense chocolate hit. Or even a combination of these and our unique Food Thoughts Pure Cacao Melts, 100% natural and sugar-free, and perfect for drizzling or dipping any brownie or cookie. And you can add a bit of texture replacing any nuts with Food Thoughts Roasted Cacao Nibs.
So what is the definition of a brownie?
A chocolate brownie (or simply a “brownie“) uses either cocoa or cacao powder or melted chocolate to give it a rich chocolate taste. Brownies are a form of a cake, but are sometimes referred to as a bar cookie. Often cut into bite-sized squares, a brownie is baked and served as a chocolate dessert or treat. A variation made with white chocolate rather than dark chocolate is called a “blonde brownie” or “blondie”.
Brownies come in a variety of forms and may be either “cake-style” or “fudge-style” depending on their texture and density. However, typically, judgement of a good brownie is based on how gooey the centre is! What determines the style of Brownie is the ratio of flour to chocolate and/or cocoa / cacao powder. For variation, brownie recipes can also include other ingredients such as nuts, frosting, cream cheese, chocolate chips, cacao nibs or other.
Where do brownies come from?
Brownies are one of the most loved baked treats and they were believed to be “invented” in America. Some references imply that brownies were originally made in New England at the beginning of the 20th century, albeit the fact that it is basically cake-like and baked in a cake pan, brownies are considered as bar cookies rather than a cake.
Just like almost any food, the origin of the “Brownie” is covered in myth. One of the legends is that a chef added melted chocolate to biscuits by mistake. Another one states that a cook was baking a cake but didn’t have enough flour and baked it anyway, thus, making a brownie. The most famous legend, however, says a housewife in Bangor, Maine, who was making a chocolate cake, failed to add baking powder. When the cake didn’t rise, she just cut it and served pieces of the flat cake.
Although the first few brownie recipes were published and modified to it started in the early 20th century, it wasn’t until the 1920’s that Brownies started to become popular and their popularity has increased dramatically ever since.
Which one will be your favourite chocolate brownie recipe?
All our recipes are designed for maximum impact but are simple to follow and have been created by Great British Chefs, Great British BakeOff contestants, professional bakers, and our own Food Thoughts baking team and community.
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