Benevolence Brownies

It always seems a tragedy to see food go to waste just because an arbitrary date has passed, regardless of its state of degradation. Such is the lot that befalls even those foods so packed with sugar that they couldn’t possibly deteriorate.

I chanced upon such a food at my local purveyor of processed foods. A block of milk cooking chocolate had remained upon the shelf so long that it was within a month of its arbitrary disposal date, and had been reduced to the price of a few cents. I rescued this block, and determined that it should form the basis of some fine brownies.

Of course, we all know that brownies, the favoured destination of all chocolate blocks, convey a status usually attained only by dark chocolate, so this was a particularly lucky break for this block, whose fate was looking so dire before I walked past.

I’m sure, had it the power of speech, this block would have thanked me for my selfless act of kindness, but lacking this power, it merely cooperated kindly with my plan. Hopefully the Most High will see my benevolence and reward me, but while I wait for that I thought I might share this little recipe with you!

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Benevolence Brownies


  • chocolate, 200g
  • butter, unsalted, 120g
  • vanilla extract, 1t
  • caster sugar, 100g
  • eggs, 2
  • plain flour, 150g
  • baking powder, 1t
  • salt, ½t
  • walnuts, chopped, 100g


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler with the vanilla extract, stirring until smooth.
  3. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until they are fully incorporated.
  5. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. Sift a little at a time, folding it into the chocolate mixture, until it is all combined.
  6. Add the walnuts and fold through.
  7. Line a metal slice tray, with enough paper over the sides to allow it to be used as a sling to remove the brownie out of the tray after it is cooked.
  8. Pour the mixture into the tray.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The brownie should have risen, with the top shiny and cracked. The centre should remain fudgy and soft.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.Click here for a pdf version of this recipe.

About trevar

Trevar Alan Chilver is a playwright based in Canberra, Australia. His work includes film scripts and his plays have been produced as mainstage productions and for festivals such as Short Sweet. He is an avid supporter of the theatre community in Canberra, and also writes for Australian Stage and the Canberra Times and blogs regularly. Trevar has directed productions for a number of local companies, and occasionally treads the boards himself.
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3 Responses to Benevolence Brownies

  1. Charisma says:

    Yum!! These looks delicious, love the addition of walnuts!

  2. Pingback: Chocolate Walnut Brownie…. | Keli Paan

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