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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.49 / 5 (1875 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
40 min

A fantastic chocolate brownie recipe from top chef James Martin; use this easy recipe to make irresistable, tasty, rich, fudgy, chocolate brownies.


1. Heat the oven to 170°C/gas 3. Lightly grease a 22cm square cake tin.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together for 2-3 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.

5. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and stir to mix. Pour the mixture into the cake tin.

6. Place on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 35 minutes until the surface is set. It is cooked when it just starts to crack on the top. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely in the tin.

7. Slice the cake into squares and store in a tin or in a container in the fridge.

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Lonely brownies and an easy recipe, I added walnuts and dried cherries and used half milk half plain chocolate. Best to put in fridge overnight before eating. Consistency was a bit like a fridge cake when I made them, so would recommend putting in more flour than 100g if you want them a bit more cake-like.

SaraV8737 SaraV8737  Posted 26 Apr 2015 3:34 PM

Really easy to make and absolutely delicious. Adding toasted pecans makes it even better!

PhilippaB89996 PhilippaB89996  Posted 12 Feb 2015 1:20 PM

The best chocolate brownie recipe I've ever done , it comes out perfect every time . Lovely warm with ice cream or put in fridge and have the next day , everybody loves them .

AlisonW62126 AlisonW62126  Posted 05 Sep 2014 12:41 PM

Fab quick easy recipe.... I reducex temp as I have agreat fanoven didmine at 140C they would have been burnt if i hadcoomed 170C

Katie T Katie T Posted 01 Jun 2014 5:44 PM

These are oh.my.god amazing brownies. Shared them out to some friends who also agreed!

vickiH7260 vickiH7260 Posted 25 Feb 2014 1:44 AM

This is the worsed Chocolate Brownie reciepe i have ever tried I totally agree with the below comment from MadgeM8813 the cake did not work and was heavey and mine too was a nightmare to cut I did follow the reciepe exactly! but the outcome looked nothing like the above picture lol Very disappointed :-( Needless to say it went in the bin

fayO63627 fayO63627 Posted 24 Feb 2014 6:09 PM

Love this recipe first brownie one i made, but halved the sugar with white because the first time i made it, was too heavy tasting, but the second time was better and i added a spoonful of vanilla essence too XD

NualaW34919 NualaW34919 Posted 29 Jan 2014 11:11 AM

This cake simply didn't work the muscovado suger was much to heavy in this recipe.
When it cooked it never cracked on the top at all!!
And trying to cut it into pieces was a nightmare!
I expect James Martin would say I didnt follow the recipe properly, but I am a professional cook and I followed the recipe exactly.
Why is this recipe for a brownie different to the one he makes for the Marshmallow brownie??

MadgeM8813 MadgeM8813 Posted 29 Jan 2014 9:52 AM

I just love making these brownies and they were the first thing I baked

RachaelE75672 RachaelE75672 Posted 04 Oct 2013 7:53 PM

Just put my brownie mixture in the oven! hope it comes out nicely!

RabiahM65272 RabiahM65272 Posted 19 Aug 2013 5:04 PM

Hiya, I hope the web site is a good as the broches

GillianA1637 GillianA1637 Posted 01 Jul 2013 4:30 PM

I love such cakes! I'll prepare it right away, Thanks

IsabelleM64894 IsabelleM64894 Posted 21 Sep 2012 3:07 PM

DO NOT USE 1 TBSP of baking powder!!!!
total friken mess!

la52lo la52lo Posted 10 Aug 2012 7:09 PM

Delicious. I also added chopped walnuts which gave it more balance.

sheilabee sheilabee Posted 05 Aug 2012 10:16 AM

The recipe is good, i like it Smile x

SunnyShanelx SunnyShanelx Posted 13 May 2012 9:54 AM

Adding chopped walnuts makes it even nicer!!

KrisS84991 KrisS84991 Posted 11 May 2012 10:22 PM

This recipe is so delicious.They taste so good and yet are so easy to make. If you cook these and serve them warm with cream you will wow your friends and family.

EmmaB73852 EmmaB73852 Posted 01 Dec 2011 5:12 PM

omg...these brownies are amazing...baked it for my friends n they loved it too...the compliments just kept pouring :D

VaishaliJ64538 VaishaliJ64538 Posted 08 Jun 2011 7:30 PM

This is by far the best chocolate brownie recipe I have tried. Really easy to make and superb quality. They are rich but that means the portions can be a little smaller so the cake goes even further! Good old James - you never let us down!

DaniB92230 DaniB92230 Posted 14 Feb 2011 11:57 AM

These brownies are lovely although they are best left in the fridge overnight. Then they go all lovely and fudgey but I found if you eat them before they are very soft and crumbly.

LouiseM9393 LouiseM9393 Posted 28 Jan 2010 11:05 AM

Although delicious, thought they were a wee bit too rich for the kiddies, so substituted about 150g of the dark cocolate in favour of milk. Still delicious & kids preferred this version.

RaineQ RaineQ Posted 24 Jul 2009 4:27 PM

how meny people can it serve

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 23 Jun 2009 3:12 PM

I live in South Africa where the ingredient list can be limited at times, i cant seem ti find "Dark Muscovado Sugar" anywhere, does it have any other name, or can u recommend another sugar to use?

Mr_Cartier Mr_Cartier Posted 26 Jan 2009 8:39 AM

This is a great recipe. I used a smidge more flour due to comment dated 06-May-08 but didn't seem to need it.. Perfectly rich and fudgy.

glow_worm glow_worm Posted 20 Dec 2008 1:59 AM

Ive done this recipe a few times and i found it ok. Very fudgy and rich. The best brownie recipe i have tried.

Dungie Dungie Posted 17 Oct 2008 5:56 PM

this is too runny. there is meant to be more flour and less butter. its way to stodgey.

yeeeeeeka yeeeeeeka Posted 06 May 2008 4:14 PM