In Search of the World’s Best Brownie Recipe

I have had a longstanding love affair with the humble brownie, a seemingly never ending quest for that perfect fudgy, squidgy, dense, dark, not overly sweet conglomeration of chocolate, eggs and sugar.

Certainly my criteria for what constitutes perfection are precise, having been refined over the years to an exacting list that even the most discerning brownie aficionado would be hard-pressed to process further.

Put quite simply, I’m after a moist, fudge-like base that is firm, incredibly dense and certainly not gooey or cake-like topped with that lovely flaky film of shiny chocolate crust and boasting a few chunks of pure chocolate thrown into the mix for good measure.

While I’ve indulged in many a perfect example (see below for more information on the incredible Dello Mano) I’m yet to find a recipe that satisfies.

I have tried many, many, many recipes over the years, the majority resulting in a consistency that is far too cake-like and nowhere near the dense, fudgy perfection of my dreams.

So I put it to you, what is your favourite brownie recipe? They can be classic fudge as mentioned here, a contemporary twist on flavours or an entirely different consistency, (even cake-like if you wish!) but it must be one that you think works a treat.

Please also include a short description, any photos you may have and a few words on why you love the recipe so much.

If your brownie recipe is well-kept family secret, in that instance, even a few hints, tips or ideas would be much appreciated.

Finally, for inspiration and to get started you could do a lot worse than to visit the incredible Bien and Deb of Brisbane’s famed Dello Mano. Not only are they beautiful people, but they create some of the finest luxury brownies I’ve ever had the good fortune to taste. They have also just launched a new celebration cake – indulgent layers of their classic brownie layered with a rich chocolate ganache – heaven!

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