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Brownies fondants au cacao

[Cocoa fudge-brownies]

Brownies fondants au cacao
Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Bittersweet (thank you Deb).

When I had my first bite of those insanely fudge-brownies, I felt sorry I hadn’t made them back when I first spotted them on Smitten Kitchen.
At the time, I thought it would be nice to experiment but wasn’t sure the flavour would be au rendez-vous. But I was wrong. Not only the use of cocoa powder provides the brownies with an intense chocolate taste, but it also is the secret to their amazing texture (along with the high quantity of sugar that is).
A new favourite at home!

Edit 29.04.2020

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received many requests to republish this recipe which I originally wrote about ten years ago. Ten years! I guess everyone could do with a slice of warm fudgy brownies at the moment.

I haven’t made these in years! Instead, I’ve been baking kladdkaka , a Swedish cake, which is very similar both in terms of formula and texture; so much so that it may not count as different after all. It has become one of my go-tos, and I especially like to serve it with a vanilla anglaise and blueberry compote, which I can only urge you to try with these brownies!
Or ice-cream that is, one can never go wrong à la mode!

Brownies fondants au cacao

Makes 16 squares.

140 g butter
280 g caster sugar
80 g cocoa powder
1/4 heaped tsp Maldon sea salt
2 large eggs
65 g plain flour

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C. Line a 25x25cm baking tin with baking paper.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl and cook over a simmering bain-marie, stirring from time to time until it forms a smooth mixture and feel hot to the touch (around 50-60°C).
Set aside to cool down slightly, then mix in the eggs one at a time, using a whisk and stirring for a good minute after each one.
Fold in the flour and spread the batter evenly into the prepared tin.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until barely set. Allow to cool on a rack, then remove the brownies from the tin and slice into squares.


  • Kaitlin
    March 25, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    I love the personal details in this.
    Lovely post 🙂

  • Memoria
    March 25, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    These brownies look absolutely divine. I must try these out. Ils sont vraiment magnifiques!

  • christelle is flabbergasting
    March 25, 2010 at 2:55 AM

    Such a nice story ! Such a decadent brownie ! It’s like being with you in the kitchen, eyes still bleary… and smelling the delicious scent of chocolate! miam 🙂

  • rakster
    March 25, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    omg. they look truly divine.
    I must admit I have six recipes that I have played with and now have an amalgamation of those that I love & cook but I’m going to have to try these.
    thanks for sharing.

  • Vanessa
    March 25, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    I love the story of the gourmandise on a grey morning filled with sleepiness and if I close my eyes, I can imagine the smell of fudginess wafting through the kitchen. I love brownies and have to try yours.

  • maia
    March 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    They look perfect!
    I add your brownies to my to do list!

  • Elodie
    March 25, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Fanny ils on l’air SUPER. Quelle texture fondante.
    J’ai tout ce qu’il faut à la maison. J vais les fair cet aprem!

  • Mimi
    March 25, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    How nice to tumble out of bed to some warm fudgy brownies.

  • Aïda
    March 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    MAIS ! C’est beau et ça a l’air bon !
    Je veux…:)

  • Aïda
    March 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Et j’aime la petite “anecdote” matinale hahaa

  • my spatula
    March 25, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    I’m exactly the same…when I’m up – I’m up for hours, no matter the time. Your brownies look like perfection, just sublime!

  • Vanille
    March 26, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    C’est vrai qu’il n’y a rien de plus irrésistible que l’odeur du chocolat émanant du four ! Ces brownies me font craquer…

  • Michael
    March 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Oh my dear Fanny, you have inspired me this morning. What simplicity! What a dramatic effect! I am now baking a batch of these after your inspiration. Thank you so much, please keep up with the good work.

  • Christine
    March 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    You mean all he had to do to get brownies for breakfast was whisper: “J’ai envie de brownies” in your ear before dawn? Lucky guy. : ) They sound fantastic.

  • Amélie
    March 26, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Texture incroyable, mais je n’ai pas obtenu la petite croûte caractéristique du brownie (mon four n’est peut-être pas aussi puissant que le vôtre).
    Je garde la recette dans deux listes très importantes : les recettes qui ne salissent qu’un récipient, et les recettes qui ne peuvent pas me servir de prétexte pour avoir des tablettes de chocolat à la maison (j’ai un petit problème de self-control…). Merci!

  • thatssoron
    March 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    yummo! this looks awesome!

  • klee
    March 27, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Thanks for the conversion, Fanny. I love the Bittersweet book, but having to convert the recipes is a pain!

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2010 at 3:57 AM

    I love your photos! I’m looking for a DSLR camera. What camera do you recommend for the $800-$1000 price range?(Canon preferred!)

  • Affonso
    March 29, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    It’s 1am. The brownies are in the oven and the flat smells great. You were right, they are great for a sleepness night.

  • ash
    March 29, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Totally yum!! I must say brownies are my weakness!!

  • emma
    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Just made these – deeeeeeeelicious!

  • B comme bon
    March 31, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Huuum il y a longtemps que je n’étais pas venue me régaler sur ton blog… voilà c’est malin j’ai envie de chocolat !

  • Valérie
    April 1, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    J’adore ton blogue.
    Les photos sont magnifiques et tes desserts ont l’air super bons!

  • Le citron
    April 1, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Humm… Ils semblent si bon !

  • Sonndapond
    April 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Can’t wait to try these Fanny. I love fudgey brownies, rather than the more cakey ones, and have been playing around with ingredient ratios to get the texture just right. But always with chocolate rather than cocoa. Proportionately, your recipe has more butter in it, but guess that makes up for the lack of cocoa butter. Really interested to see how it compares. Thanks so much for introducing me to the chocolateless chocolate brownie, it looks super chocolatey :-)))

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  • Mrs Ergül
    June 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Hi Fanny! Is there a way to make these less sweet??

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    July 1, 2010 at 1:53 PM

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  • Andrea
    September 23, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    I made this delicious brownies today…Thanks so much! Greetings from Costa Rica :D!

  • Grapefruit
    September 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    J’ai envie de brownies too after seeing this post!
    Love your blog – am a first time visitor and am hooked!

  • ash
    January 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    mmmm…. I think I need to make these… right now!!

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    February 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Hi 🙂 I was just wondering if anybody knows the conversions for grams to cups? Love your recipes!!! 🙂

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  • sarah
    January 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    I know this comment is pretty late. but if you get this, I’d just like to say that the brownies are gorgeous. It’s 2am and I’ve just covered them in vanilla ice cream and tucking in.


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