250g butter

220g dark cooking chocolate

4 eggs

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup plain flour

icing sugar for dusting


1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.

2. Line a (31x25 cm) tin with baking paper.

3. In a double saucepan,
melt together the butter
and chocolate. Remove
from the heat and allow
to cool.

4. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together. When the mixture is pale and thick stir in the melted chocolate and butter.

5. Lightly fold in the flour and chopped pecans.

6. Pour into the lined tin and bake for 1/2 hour on 180°C. Then turn the oven down to 150°C and bake for a further 1/2 hour. The mixture will rise and fall after cooking, don’t panic.

7. Phone a couple of your best friends and invite them over for afternoon tea.

8. When the brownies are cool cut them into squares and sprinkle them with a little icing sugar. Serve with a pot of Friendship Tea.

This recipe also makes a wonderful dessert.
Instead of cutting the brownies into squares cut
them into elegant long wedges and serve with a
fresh raspberry coulis and double cream.