Chocolate Brownies

This is for a young gentleman I came across on Twitter. I am happy to share any recipe with a man who is brave enough to be in the kitchen (You don’t need an electric mixer for this one – just a large mixing bowl and a huge spoon).

Happy Baking, @Aleem094! Let me know how it turns out…



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 125g butter
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Half a teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 5ml vanilla
  • Half a cup of plain yogurt or buttermilk



(Melt butter and sugar in a small pot, add cocoa, vanilla and yogurt, and whisk to form a delicious sauce).

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 125g butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • Half a cup yogurt



  1. Preheat oven to 180˚C and grease a medium-large non-stick baking tin.
  2. Sift sugar, flour and cocoa into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Melt butter (in microwave or on stove) and add the water and oil. Throw into dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Add eggs one by one, mixing fast (the mixture will be warm and you don’t want your eggs to cook and scramble).
  5. Add vanilla, bicarb and yogurt.
  6. Pour mixture into greased baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Once done, and while still warm, cut into blocks (inside the baking tin, using a plastic knife) and pour the sauce over.
  8. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream.

TIP: Add roasted flaked almonds when finished or chopped pecans in the brownie batter

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