Recipe: Beste chocolate brownies

Cooking legend Marinda Engelbrecht shares her family’s best brownie recipe

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When you try this brownie recipe there is no turning back, says South African culinary legend Marinda Engelbrecht.

Engelbrecht credits her sister for the recipe, which is just what you need to comfort the wintery blues.

Make a batch of the beste chocolatey fudgy brownie.

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250ml butter

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250g dark chocolate

500ml sugar

10ml vanilla essence

5 large eggs

90ml cocoa powder

180ml cake flour

2,5ml salt


1.     Melt the butter and chocolate in a microwave oven.

2.     Mix in the sugar and vanilla with the melted butter and chocolate.

3.     Mix the eggs into the mixture one by one.

4.     Sieve the flour, cocoa and salt into the mixture and mix it well.

5.     Pour the mixture into a greased oven dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 180°C. It must be jelly-like when it is taken out of the oven.

6.     Let it cool down and cut into blocks.

7.     Enjoy with cream or ice cream.

Pro tip: Engelbrecht heats the brownies before she serves them.

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