- I recently created a recipe for Gordon Ramsay’s “The World’s Best Brownies.”
- This is an easy recipe that doesn’t require much preparation and uses plenty of chocolate.
- Ramsay’s brownies were decadent and very affordable. I already had most of the materials.
Gordon Ramsay is the king of quick and delicious cooking. My family loves his 15-minute Bolognese and his 10-minute pasta with turkey and green onions is perfect for fall. I’m also a big fan of his 10 Minute Burger, which is made for NFL Sunday fun.
I’m not a great baker, but Ina Garten’s easy recipes have helped me improve my skills. So I decided it was finally time to try Ramsay’s desserts. What better place to start than with brownies? Especially when they’re dubbed “the world’s best brownies.”
To make 15-20 brownies, you will need:
- 245 grams dark chocolate, broken into squares or coarsely chopped
- 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped (optional)
- 200 grams butter (diced), extra for greasing
- 175g caster sugar (you can also use granulated sugar)
- 125 grams light brown sugar
- 115 grams all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
I’m sure some people get confused when they see two separate chocolate measurements, and I was too. The only difference is that small chunks of dark chocolate are added to the brownies during the baking process. I purchased 2 bags of dark chocolate chunks (10 oz/283 grams each).
I used all of the first bag when melting the chocolate (because I don’t like chocolate any more) and a third of the second bag to add more chocolate on top. It worked perfectly.
Following Ramsay’s instructions, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, greased a skillet with butter, then lined it with parchment paper.
I diced the butter and tossed it into the bowl with the chocolate. But while my boyfriend and I were making chili at the same time, I decided to follow Ramsay’s next step: a heatproof bowl or saucepan set over a pot of boiling water, enough to melt the chocolate and butter. I noticed there was no (known as a bain-marie or double boiler).
Thankfully, Ramsay also had instructions for doing this step in the microwave. He recommends placing the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl, covering it (with a small gap), and setting a timer for 3 minutes. My chocolate and butter melted perfectly in his 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Keep an eye on the timer and check it regularly.
Mr. Ramsay specifically said you needed a balloon whisk for this, but a fork was fine for me.
In a separate bowl, I added the 4 eggs and mixed them briefly, then added the vanilla. I mixed everything together with a wooden spoon.
Following Ramsay’s instructions, I sifted the flour and salt and added it to the top of the dough, stirring again until the mixture was smooth and combined.
I set the timer for 20 minutes.
Ramsay recommends “throwing a chunk of chocolate onto a half-cooked brownie to break the surface,” which I took very seriously and had a lot of fun with. If you make it with your children, they will love this task too.
Then I put the pot back in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes. During baking, Ramsay forgot the trick to rotating the bread, but it didn’t seem to affect the final product.
Bake the brownies for a total of 35 to 40 minutes, until the brownies “split around the edges and are soft in the middle,” Ramsay says. He said the brownies will harden as the bread cools.
After removing the pan from the oven, let the brownies cool for about 10 minutes.
Each brownie is filled with chocolate chunks, adding crunch to the delicious gooey texture.
The brownie was also rich and decadent without being too sweet, which was probably helped by sticking to dark chocolate. My boyfriend Peter is a big fan and said he loved the “smooth, appealing chocolate taste”.
Ramsay recommends serving brownies with lots of rich cream, but I think they’re also great with vanilla ice cream.
Despite currently having seven Michelin stars, Ramsay has always excelled at creating highly impressive and affordable recipes. All I had to buy to make these brownies was chocolate. Everything else was already in my pantry.
It didn’t take much effort or time, but the brownies were packed with tons of flavor and tasted divine. When you’re craving something sweet after a long day at work, or just need a special taste, Ramsay’s brownies are a great (and easy) way to treat yourself.