Want to know how to make chocolate brownies, these tips will have you making the best brownies very time!
Read these tips on How To Make Chocolate Brownies! We take you from start to finish so that you will bake the best brownies every time.
How to Make Chocolate Brownies - Tips For Success
1. Use Good Quality Chocolate
The better the chocolate, the better the brownies will be. Use a good quality dark chocolate that contains at least 60% cacao.
Dark chocolate is ideal for making brownies, but you could also use milk chocolate chips or chocolate chunks of your favorite eating chocolate.
2. Choose The Right Sugar
Use brown sugar and not white sugar. Brown sugar has molasses in it, and this will help to make the brownies fudge-like.
3. Enhance The Flavour With Caffeine
Add a tablespoon of strong brewed coffee to the mixture to help bring out the chocolate flavor. If you don’t have brewed coffee, add up to 1 level tablespoon of dried coffee granules to the brownie batter.
4. Carefully Melt The Butter and Chocolate
Use a double boiler to melt the butter with sugar, chocolate (or cocoa powder). You have more control over the heat and can avoid burning the mixture.
5. Watch The Temperature When Adding Eggs
If using eggs in the brownie batter, do not add these when the mixture is too hot (the mixture should be cool to the touch). Otherwise, you will have scrambled eggs in the brownie batter.
6. Don’t Over Mix
Don’t overbeat the mixture when combining the dry and wet ingredients. Instead, gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet and only until the dry is fully incorporated.
7. Use Sliver Metal Baking Pans
It’s best to use metal pans for baking brownies because they cook more evenly.
8. Always Line The Tins
Always line the tin with parchment paper and extend it up past the sides for easy removal.
9. Evenly Spread The Batter
Make sure to spread the batter evenly into the baking pan for even cooking. You can even firmly tap the tin on the bench several times to help the batter even out.
10. Don’t Over Cook
It is better to have them slightly undercooked than over-cooked. Overcooking brownies will make them dry.
11. Watch The Time
Use a timer and set the timer about 5 minutes less than the time recommended in the recipe. Then keep a close eye on them toward the end of cooking.
12. Oven Temperatures Vary
Be aware cooking times will vary as from oven to oven. So, your brownies may cook quicker or take a little longer than what is on the recipe.
13. Ensure Even Cooking
Turning the tin 180 degrees halfway during the cooking time will also help with even cooking. It will also prevent a spot from being overcooked if your oven has a hot spot.
14. Do The Skewer Test
Bake them until a skewer inserted comes out almost clean and with just a few crumbs sticking to it. If too much batter sticks to the skewer, cook the brownies a little longer, then test again.
15. Slightly Undercook Brownies
Brownies will continue to cook as they cool. So, make sure that they are a little undercooked when removed from the oven.
16. Cool Completely
Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting and eating. Cooling allows the flavors to develop and makes cutting easier.
17. Easy Cutting
Use a serrated knife to cut brownies into slices, and if the brownies are too gooey and stick to it, dip the knife in a jug of hot water and wipe dry before making the next cut.
18. Chill Before Serving
Brownies are better the next day after spending some time in the fridge or freezer - the cold makes them chewier. Just note, if you have frozen the brownies, allow them to thaw a little before eating.