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Bake Like a Pro: Top Tips & Irresistible Brownie Recipes

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Bake Like a Pro: Top Tips & Irresistible Brownie Recipes

If you’re anything like us, you know that there’s no better treat than a rich, gooey brownie fresh out of the oven. But let’s be real, making the perfect brownie can be a bit of a challenge – and that’s where we come in.

Read on to discover helpful tips and mouth-watering brownie recipes using Tate & Lyle Sugars. So, grab your apron, preheat that oven, and get ready to learn how to make the best brownies you’ve ever eaten!

What’s so good about brownies?

Brownies have a special place in the nation’s hearts (and stomachs). There’s something so satisfying about biting into a rich, fudgy square of chocolatey goodness that’s both comforting and exciting all at the same time. Whether it’s a midday pick-me-up, a dessert to share with friends, or a sweet treat to enjoy with a cuppa, brownies never fail to hit the spot!

Plus, brownie recipes are incredibly versatile – you can mix in nuts, swirl in caramel, or add a caffeine kick of coffee to create your own ideal flavour combination.

What’s the secret to a good brownie?

Brownies are just flour, chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, eggs and sugar – right? But it’s not quite as simple as chucking everything in a bowl and magically creating brownies. But don’t fret! We’ve got you covered – check out our helpful tips to help you make glorious brownies.

Generally, brown sugar will make your brownies moister and chewier, while white sugar will give them a crisper texture. In addition, brown sugars add a deeper flavour and complexity to the brownies. They contain a higher molasses content and can give the brownies a rich, caramel-like flavour.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder together

Sifting your flour and cocoa powder may seem like a small step, but it can make a big difference in the texture of your brownies. Sifting these ingredients adds air to the brownie batter, which helps your brownies rise and makes it easier for the wet and dry ingredients to come together, creating a smoother, more consistent batter.

Use butter instead of vegetable oil 

Both butter and vegetable oil does a great job of giving you a moist brownie and a mouth-watering texture, but if you’re looking for more flavour – butter is your best bet!

Use baking parchment in your baking tin

There’s nothing worse than spending time and effort making the perfect batch of brownies, only to have them stick to the pan when it’s time to take them out.

By lining your baking tin with baking parchment that covers both the base and sides, you’ll create a non-stick surface that makes it easy to remove your brownies without any damage.

How to bake the brownies

The moment of truth has arrived – it’s time to bake those brownies! But how do you get that perfect texture that’s just right for you? If you prefer brownies with a gooey and soft centre, bake them for the time stated in the recipe and dip a toothpick in the centre of the brownies once they’re cooked. If the toothpick has brownie batter on it, it will need to be baked longer, but if it has a few moist crumbs on the toothpick – it’s ready to come out of the oven.

Whereas if you prefer brownies with a cakey texture, bake the brownies until the toothpick comes out clean or the brownie starts to come away from the sides of the tin.

Don’t overbake your brownies

The last thing you want is dry, crumbly brownies that no one wants to eat! The trick is to take your brownies out of the oven just before they’re fully done. Brownies continue to bake as they cool, so if you wait until they’re completely baked in the oven, you’ll end up with overdone brownies.

Looking for vegan or gluten-free brownies?

It’s super easy to make a standard brownie recipe vegan or gluten-free. To make your brownies vegan, use vegan chocolate and substitute one ripe, mashed banana per egg required in your recipe. To make gluten-free brownies, just use gluten-free flour instead of normal flour – it’s that simple!

Leave your brownies to cool in the tin

Brownies are very delicate when they’re hot and fresh out of the oven, so they’ll break apart when you remove them from the tin. Leave your brownies to cool in the tin before removing them, this allows them to set and become firmer, making it easier to remove them from the tin without any damage.

Make sure brownies are cool before cutting

Allow your brownies to cool completely before you cut them, this will help you get a clean slice with minimal crumbs making a mess in your kitchen!

Get inspired with these incredible brownie recipes

Once you’ve got the basic brownie recipe nailed, the world is your oyster! It’s time to get creative and experiment with different ingredients and flavours to create your ultimate brownie masterpiece – check out these delicious brownie recipes for inspiration:

Up your brownie game with Tate & Lyle Sugars

Our range of sugars, sweeteners and syrups are the perfect addition to any brownie recipe. So, what are you waiting for? Explore our range of Tate & Lyle sugars and get ready to create the most delicious and indulgent brownies you’ve ever tasted!

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