Speedilicious Brownies!

After you read this post, you will never ever need to use a cake mix again! You will never ever want to use a cake mix again! – This is turning into chanting now, isn’t it? 😀 Anyhow… – Boys and girls, there is simply no need, believe me! It’s dead easy and cheap to make, it contains 6 ingredients, it requires one (pyrex) mixing bowl and one baking tin – this is a perfect student recipe! [grin] And that’s when I learnt to make it – when I was a student! [grin – grin] Admittedly, that was not a very long time ago, and the truth is, we’re still getting used to not being students. Honest, we’ve even started using a proper vase for putting flowers in, rather than – a pint glass! We bought one a month ago, yes…. 🙂 This recipe has been passed on from student to student – it had been passed on to me by a fellow student and housemate, SL, who is a wonderful, experimental and intuitive cook! She learnt to cook while studying in America, which is where she got this recipe.

But, back to brownies, which is where you really want to be. Who cares about my student days but me, let’s face it! Although what I said above does make a point, it would not be half as important weren’t  these speed(y and del)ilicious brownies  absolutely mouthwateringly downright gorgeous and simply – yummy! And for an extra bonus, which counts as a big bonus in my books, the recipe lends itself to lots of modifications and creativity! Just explore your cupboards and fridges and let your imagination go! How about adding a splash of your favourite booze? Note to bf: not beer, darling, … though I did hear about a Guinness cake… And no wine either. Add nuts, chopped or whole; add cherries or berries; add chopped white and/milk chocolate for extra sin and sighs!  – You see what I mean? Here’s the recipe!

The photo is of uncooked brownies, just before I put them in the oven. Where did the cooked ones go? hm….


Speedilicious Brownies  


SOOURCE: SL and Baker’s 8oz packet of unsweetened baking chocolate

PREPARATION TIME: between 5 and 10 min

COOKING TIME: between 30 – 40 min



  • 150 g chocolate (min 50% cocoa)
  • 175 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • vanilla
  • 1 ½ American cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour


1. Break chocolate into pieces and put it into a Pyrex bow. Melt the chocolate over a bowl of simmering water (make sure it doesn’t touch your bowl) or in the microwave. In normally give it a minute in the microwave, and then use 30 s bursts until it’s done. After one minute, add butter, and continue until melted.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and combine!

3. Bake together at 180 C for 30 – 40 min. Insert a clean toothpick/skewer into the brownies. If it comes out clean, that’s great because your speedilicious brownies are done! If not, put it back into the oven, and give it another 5 min.

4. Once finally out of the oven, leave the brownies to cool for a bit, before cutting them. They will be soft, and bit gooey, and that’s great!  

5. Serve with cream, ice-cream, etc.



I don’t even know if there’s any need for a verdict, along with the eulogy above! For references, see my friend’s cute little granddaughter and her nursery friends, gang at a  BBQ party, a coffee morning bunch, dinner party guests, etc.


Always use chocolate with more than 50% cocoa content. Choose the best chocolate you can, because it’s definitely worth it. Last time I used Cote d’ Or 70% cocoa, and it was delicious!


This is my first contribution to Browniebabe of the Month, an event hosted and started by Myriam of Once upon a tart. Check her blog after 19 August for a round-up and looooads of delicious brownie recipes!


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  1. oh we loove speedilicious brownies! thanks for joining browniebabes. best wishes myriam


  2. hey thanks for coming to my page
    i love brownies i bake them all the time
    i add walnuts to mine

    and…. i love croatia… the sea the people
    the food oh yes…

    and the jewellries 😉


  3. This looks just incredible – and so fast and easy! It is now on my to-make list!



  4. This recipe is going straight to my little student sister. I think it’s time she started making delicious little treats for her older sis!!


  5. Maninas

     /  21 July, 2007

    it was a pleasure! I hope to take part again! who knows, maybe i get to be browniebabe of the month one day! 😉

    i often visit your page!

    muse in the kitchen,
    they really are the fastest and the easiest cake to make! and so delicious! which is the best bit! do try them, and let me know!

    yes, they are a perfect student recipe! wish i had a little sister who would make me brownies… i’ve got two brothers, and though they’re lovely and i love them to bits, they’re not into baking, unfortunately… the other day i tried to get my bf to make me some cookies – unsuccessfully of course… he made me chocolate mousse, summer pudding (delish!) and a bread and butter pudding in so far, but such occasions are very rare! does anyone out there have a bf/husband who bakes? 🙂

    SL, I wish you lived near me still! 😉


  6. SL

     /  23 July, 2007

    It behooves me to point out that the recipe is actually from the Baker’s 8oz packet of unsweetened baking chocolate. This precious commodity is available in most civilised countries though sadly not in the UK (it is available on ebay but at a ripoff price). The only changes I made were to reduce the amount of sugar to compensate for not using unsweetened baking chocolate.


  7. Maninas

     /  23 July, 2007

    heeey welcome to my blog! and thanks for the recipe! i shall duly acknowledge the source! 😉


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