Standard Brownie Recipe

Adapted from a recipe by Martha Collison


150g soft brown sugar
225g caster sugar
225g unsalted butter
150g dark chocolate, broken into squares
3 eggs
115g plain flour
75g cocoa powder

8in square brownie tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 200/180 fan.
  2. In a large pan, melt the brown sugar, caster sugar and butter together. Then stir in the chocolate and leave to cool down until cool enough to touch. (Meanwhile, weigh out the remaining ingredients and line the 8in square brownie tin with paper – I’m all about optimising time!).
  3. Once the mixture has cooled enough, crack in the 3 eggs and stir. Then fold in the flour and cocoa until just mixed.
  4. Scrape the brownie mixture into the lined tin. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is beginning to crack.
  5. Cool in the tin, and then chill overnight in the fridge before cutting into squares. (This chill in the fridge helps make them really gooey)

Apple and almond traybake

It’s hip to be square. Some great things in life are square – vinyl record covers, the IKEA Kallax system, floppy disks, the Monopoly board, and of course brownies.


When you want to be sure of portions, a square traybake works a lot better than a circular cake. I make a lot of traybakes in my 8 inch square brownie tin, especially for toddler group and bible studies at church. First off today is this apple and almond cake adapted from a Mary Berry recipe. Continue reading “Apple and almond traybake”