How to make Brookies…

Brownies are a bit of a favourite in our house, but then, so are chocolate chip cookies. So what better compromise than the brookie?

I first came across this recipe on Masterchef last season. It was the episode where Matt and Nigella (who looked better than anyone ought to look in a red checked flanny shirt) woke the house at midnight and set a midnight feast challenge. Harry made these – and, if memory serves me correctly, won the night.

I’ve been meaning to make them ever since – and now that I have, I suspect I’ll be asked to make them more often! Oh – and the best bit – they’re gluten free. Yep, you read that right.

What you need…

  • 350g dark chocolate – ie most of 2 blocks of cooking chocolate
  • 45g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 80g cornflour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (actually, I forgot to put this in…ooops)
  • 100g dark chocolate drops

What you do with it…

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Melt the chocolate and the butter in a bowl over simmering water. Stir it about until it’s smooth. Once it’s melted, leave it to cool a tad – you don’t want it cooking your eggs.

  • Put everything else (except the chocolate drops) into a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the cooled chocolate and butter.
  • Place spoonfuls on a tray that you’ve lined with baking paper. Don’t press them down or anything – they’ll find their own way.

  • Press the chocolate buds into the top.
  • Bake for around 12 minutes and let them cool on a rack before eating.

You’re welcome.


Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

4 thoughts

  1. Oh yummmm…. these look amazing. I remember that episode and the brookies. And the recipe doesn’t look too complicated!

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