Recipe: Simple brownies

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Ice brownies or dust with icing sugar. Photo / Jason Burgess
Ice brownies or dust with icing sugar. Photo / Jason Burgess

Makes 20-24

100g butter
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
About ¾ cup flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup chocolate pieces, or chopped nuts, or sultanas

Icing
1 ¼ cups icing sugar
1 ½ tbsp cocoa

Water to mix to until it's easy to spread.

1 Preheat oven to 165C. Position oven rack in middle of oven.

2 Line the base of a 20x30 cm sponge roll tin with greaseproof or baking paper and grease lightly.

3 Soften the butter, add sugar and beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.

4 Add egg and beat in thoroughly.

5 Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder together and stir into liquid.

6 Stir in chosen addition (or leave out if preferred).

7 Spread into prepared tin.

8 Bake for 20 minutes. The top will be set but the mixture will appear softish.

9 Cool in tin.

This can then be iced, drizzled with chocolate or dusted with icing sugar. When topping is set, cut with a sharp knife into squares or bars.

- Herald on Sunday

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