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Chocolate brownies to feel good about

Chocolate brownies

I didn’t think it was possible to make a chocolate brownie which didn’t make you feel guilty, but here’s a recipe which you can feel very pleased with yourself about.

It’s still packed full of sugar, butter and chocolate, but it’s all Fair Trade, so even though you can’t scoff the whole tin without gaining a pound you can feel that you’re doing your to help developing countries while you eat them!

Plus it’s all great quality organic food, so why not have a treat..? This recipe is based on the Bloomin’ brilliant brownies from Jamie Oliver’s Red Nose Day book, so it’s not only easy but tastes fabulous too!

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 200g Traidcraft Fair Trade Organic 70% dark chocolate, broken up
  • 75 g dried sour cherries, optional
  • 50 g Traidcraft Fair Trade organic walnuts (chopped)
  • 80 g Traidcraft Organic Fair Trade cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 65 g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 360 g Traidcraft Fair Trade golden caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs


Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 25cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the cherries and nuts, if you’re using them, and stir together.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar, then add this to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture. Stir together well. Beat the eggs and mix in until you have a silky consistency.

Pour your brownie mix into the baking tray, and place in the oven for around 25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out all clean. The brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle.

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