Do you have a Baking Bucket List? I do, which contains baking goods from different level. The more humble looking, seem to be beginners level baked goods are lower in my list because I adore pretty food. But just because something look easy to make, doesn't mean that you don't have to keep an eye on the details.
Take Brownies for example. According to many, the perfect brownie should be moist, soft and gooey in the middle, but crispy on the outside. If the temperature or time is wrong, it will be completely cooked and the result will be different. So, even though it's a simple recipe, I made sure that I'll use a foolproof recipe for my first attempt.
According to the comments, Best Ever Brownies recipe on BBC Good Food website is The recipe I should try, and I'm glad I did! I gave most of it away (or I'd have eaten it all myself!) and received the brilliant wide-eyed surprised faces, surprise "Mmmm!"s and comments like "worth the wait!" when some had to wait as I didn't give enough to share. This is a genuine Best Ever recipe I can highly recommend! So yes, do give it a go and let me know how it goes for you!
My 2 cents for this recipe:
- The recipe is very detailed, so it is suitable for beginners
- Sweetness depends on what "best dark chocolate" you use for the recipe. I used Green & Black 85%, 100% cocoa powder and the full amount of sugar suggested in the recipe. I can do with it being a touch sweeter, but none said that it needs more sugar. So I'd stick to what I used and give it a light dusting of Icing Sugar for myself
- I used 100g white chocolate instead of half white half milk, and I'm glad I did as the white chocolate chunks gave it a perfect balance (like salt crystals in caramel). I'd probably add more or make them chunkier next time
- For some reason, I couldn't get the egg mixture (step 4) consistency right (just couldn't get it thick enough, unless I was expecting it to be thicker than it needs to be) I stopped when the sugar in the mixture has started to spin (spun sugar) on the hook!
- Attention to Step 7 for how to look out for signs that tells you when it is done. Do set timer for earlier than the 25 minutes suggestion especially if your tin is bigger. Mine had to come straight out of the oven after 20 minutes.
- Edges are lighter though crumblier, so easier to eat. For the rest of the Brownie, a little square (1 inch x 1 inch) goes a long way.
Humble looking food can look much more scrumptious to the eye and tummy when they are well presented (and pictures better taken than those below!). The brownies were certainly harder to resist when they were displayed in the beautiful cake stand, lined with (pack of 30 in 3 style) Mint colour Doilies (both I've received from MeinCupcake for review purpose) instead of an air tight container! They've also kindly sent me a set of 4 lovely gift boxes, which I've filled with squares of Brownies to give away. It made the brownies even more special!