VIVE Chocolate Brownies

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def: Chocolate Brownie – a chocolate baked treat to lift your spirits during this challenging time.

Chocolate Brownie Done

This is “THE” ultimate chocolate brownie recipe! We’ll be sharing our chefs best tips in this recipe. Yes, this recipe has a few extra steps to the more common recipes you find out there, but you’ve got the time right? It’s the recipe that would certainly be ideal to make for your family or friends! Or yourself. Just saying. We hope you try them! 🙂

Mise en place

Chocolate Brownie - Equipment
Chocolate Brownie - Mise en place

“Mise en place” or “everything in its place” is the setup required before you start to cook.
For this recipe, the mise en place is pre-heat the oven at 180 C and weigh all the ingredients.


280 g unsalted butter (room temperature) 
230 g dark chocolate 
30 g dutch cacao powder 
150 g raw sugar
150 g panela sugar (or brown sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
6 eggs
100 g plain flour
70 g dutch cacao powder
1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts (optional)

Makes: 16 brownies


Chocolate Brownie - Butter tray

Step 1 – Preheat your oven at 180C. 

Step 2 – Grease the surface of your baking tray. Then line a sheet of baking paper. Grease the surface of the baking paper. 

Pro Tips: Make sure the butter is at room temperature so it becomes easy to grease your baking tray. 

Step 3 – In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dark chocolate with 30 g dutch cacao powder. Set aside. 

Step 4 – In a small sauce pan, melt the butter until it starts to bubble. Pour the melted butter into the mixing bowl with chocolate and cacao powder. 

Step 5 – Whisk the mixture until it is melted and smooth. Let’s call this mixing bowl (A). Set aside.

Chocolate Brownie - Melt butter step
Chocolate Brownie - Mixing

Step 6 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, salt, vanilla extract and eggs. With the help of a hand mixer, beat the mixture for 10 minutes. Yes “10” minutes. Let’s call this mixing bowl (B).

Pro Tips: Doing this will incorporate air into the mixture, and will help your brownie raise in the oven for better texture…YUMM!

Step 7 – Time to pour mixing bowl (A) into mixing bowl (B). Make sure to continue beating and fully incorporate both mixtures. 

Let’s call this new mixing bowl (C).

Pro Tips: Give the mixture a good beat once again, this will help to incorporate more air. If you see bubbles, relax, it’s all good.


Chocolate Brownie - Mixing again

Step 8 – Sieve the 70 g of dutch cacao powder and the flour into mixing bowl (C). 

Pro Tips: The process of sieving prevent the formation of lumps in the mixture. Ultimately, your brownies will have a smooth and uniform texture: Just the way we like them!


Step 9 – With the help of a rubber spatula, gently fold the dry mix into the wet mix until combined. 

Pro Tips: When folding the dry into the wet mixture, the idea is not to deflate your hard work in steps 6 and 7. See the gentle motion. 


Chocolat Brownie - Pooring

Step 10 – Pour the brownie mix into your baking tray. 

With the help of a flat spatula, you can spread and level the chocolate batter. 

Time to bake in the oven for 8 minutes. 


Optional steps – Have some fun, add some toppings and express your creativity. 

We had some mixed nuts at hand and Tasman Sea Salt, which brought our chocolate brownies to another level! 

Some idea for toppings: M&Ms, Pretzels, Oreo, freeze dried strawberries…

Step 11 – Take your baking tray out of the oven. 

Your brownie is ready. We are just joking!

This is the time to flatten your brownie so it cooks evenly.

Drop your baking tray gently on the bench top. See next picture. 

Step 12 – Return your baking tray to the oven and let it bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. 

You don’t want to overcook them, so you don’t want a skewer to come out clean.

Transfer the brownies and place it on a cooling rack. Cut brownies into rectangular pieces and serve with cold milk or ice cream.

Pro Tips: If you leave your brownie in the tray, the residual heat of your tray will continue cooking your brownie. 


Chocolate Brownie - dropping

The final product: Confession time…

The cook aka Jean-Luc, was a little distracted watching Netflix show “Money Heist” – of course that is what you do when you are in COVID-19 lockdown – and he may have forgotten about the tray in the oven. Poor brownies cooked a little too long and ended up a little overcooked.

Pro Tips: Don’t watch Netflix when you cook.  


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Jean-Luc Tan
Jean-Luc, founder of VIVE Cooking School, managed to quit coffee in Oct 2019. He likes to think he is a healthy eater, but truth be told: he can't resist Maccas Apple Pie and anything that is deep fried!
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