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Baking Brownies

Asked by Fizwhiz. Answered on 18th May 2017

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I love the taste of the brownies from the Domestic Goddess book. However I cannot get the consistency right! My brownies cook to perfection on the outside perimeter, but the middle is wobbly/runny. If I carry on cooking, the outside then becomes too 'cake like'. I also don't get that lovely brownie crust on top. How do I achieve squidgy/gooey/fudgy, but cooked, brownies? Please help, thank you!

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Nigella's Brownies (from HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS are baked at 180c/350F for approximately 25 minutes and this should give brownies that are slightly squidgy in the centre with a thin crust on top. The oven temperature is for a regular oven and if you have a fan oven then you may need to adjust the temperature as these ovens cook more quickly. Your oven handbook should give some guidance on adjusting, but most suggest reducing the oven temperature by 20c.

Brownies should be removed from the oven before the centre is fully cooked, as the brownies will continue to set as they cool and this gives the brownie its soft texture. You do not want the brownies to be raw in the centre when you remove them from the oven, but they should be slightly undercooked. If you insert a cake tester into the centre of the brownies pan it should come out with some damp crumbs attached. If the tester has raw batter on then bake for another 2-3 minutes and test again. Brownies go very quickly from being fudgy to cakey, so if in doubt start checking them slightly early. You may also like to try Nigella's Flourless Chocolate Brwonies With Hot Chocolate Sauce. They are made with ground almonds (almond meal) and stay very moist and tender after baking.

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