the ultimate brownie recipe

Ok, so I know saying that these are "the ultimate" brownies is a huge call, but you'll just have to trust me. These brownies are a firm favourite in my family and any occasion is an excuse to make them. This recipe produces a brownie that is chewy, fudgy, chocolatey deliciousness, and best of all, it's the easiest, least fancy brownie recipe you've ever seen. In fact, the recipe comes from a step-by-step children's cookbook and I've been making them since I was about 8 years old.

From The Family Circle Cookery Collection, Kids' Cookbook: Fun Step-by-Step Recipes by Mary Pat Fergus

200g butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 eggs
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup walnuts (optional) (raspberries are even better)

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 30 x 18 cm tin.
Put the butter and cocoa in a saucepan and melt gently. Add the salt, brown sugar and vanilla essence and stir in. Take off the heat and stir in the flour. Add the eggs and beat to mix. Add the walnuts or raspberries if using. Pour the mixture into the tin and spread evenly. 
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Once cool, sprinkle with icing sugar.

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