A great American favourite, Brownies are nutty chocolate squares. They may be served for tea or with vanilla ice-cream for

dessert. They are very easy to make and are best when they are slightly moist and chewy.

4 oz. plus

1 teaspoon butter 6 oz. plain cooking chocolate

2 tablespoons water 4 oz. castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

4 oz. self-raising flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 oz. walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to warm 325°F(Gas Mark 3, 170°C). Grease an 8-inch square baking tin with the teaspoon of butter. Set the tin aside.

Put the chocolate, water and butter in a medium-sized heavy saucepan and melt the chocolate over very low heat, stirring

occasionally with a wooden spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Set the pan aside and allow the chocolate mixture to cool to room temperature.

Sift the flour and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Gradually stir in the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and beat well. Fold in the walnuts. Pour the mixture into the buttered tin.

Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a knife plunged into the centre of the cake comes out clean. When the cake

is cool, cut it into squares.

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