5-Ingredient Nostalgia Brownies

Anybody who went to school with me will remember the incredible brownies you could buy from the canteen. These cakey, chocolatey squares of goodness were the highlight of my day…literally. So, my brilliant friend managed to find the recipe given to her by one of the dinner-ladies when we left and I felt it was about time I try and re-create these for myself! They only use 5 ingredients and you just mix it all together and chuck it in the oven, it’s that simple! 

Makes 16 squares

530g Plain Flour 
60g Cocoa Powder 
370g Caster Sugar 
370g Butter 
100ml Milk 

This is only gonna take a few sentences to explain but I've got pictures to show off, so we’ll eek it out a bit. 
Grease a roasting dish/ high sided tray and preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 5.

Put all the ingredients in an electric mixer and whisk on a high setting until fully combined. This took a while as there is a large amount of ingredients in that mixing bowl but just keep at it, the mix ends up extremely thick which is why I watered it down slightly with milk, and I think the milk only helped to improve the richness of them but once you have a thick pate consistency put it in the tin and smooth it out so it reaches all the edges.

Bake this in the oven for around 20-30 minutes, I checked it every 10 minutes with a toothpick to see if the middle had cooked, yours may need longer as the mixture is so thick so just keep checking it with a toothpick in different areas of the tin until it comes out clean and the mixture is firm and golden brown. 
I honestly don’t think mine was fully cooked all the way through! But it made for a firm and crunchy consistency on the outside and dreamy gooey consistency on the inside which is what we all look for in a good brownie anyway!

They weren’t quite the same as the original school brownies but when I took that first bite I remembered the thick chocolatey flavour from all those years ago! 
If anybody that I went to school with is reading this, please try for them for yourselves and see if you think they taste like the original…if they don’t, you still end up with some delicious brownies. 
And anybody that has no idea what I'm talking about, just try making them and imagine getting one of these warm from the oven at lunchtime on a busy school day, I think you’ll appreciate why we all loved them so much.

H x