Sometimes, only a brownie will do, and this is our favourite recipe for never-fail, indulgent brownies. We like pecans in our, but you can replace them with chocolate chips for an even more decadent version.


1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup cocoa

1/2 cup melted butter

4 eggs, beaten

3 tsp Queen Natural Vanilla Essence

125g pecans

2 cups icing sugar

1 tbs cocoa and 2 tbs hot water

2 tbs melted butter

1 tsp Queen Natural Vanilla Essence


1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a large square baking pan and line with baking paper.
Sieve cocoa and flour into a large bowl, add sugar and pecans and stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs and vanilla. Add egg mixture and cooled melted butter to flour mixture. Combine with a wooden spoon.

2. Press into prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Brownies are done when the centre of cake no longer wobbles (brownies are traditionally dense and fudge like – a skewer will not come out clean).

3. Meanwhile, making the icing. Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Add cocoa, hot water, vanila essence, and melted butter. Stir well with a spoon.

4. When brownies have cooled, ice and cut into squares.

What’s your favourite chocolate dessert?