So I dug out my favourite brownie recipe which my mother taught me....
You will need
250g plain flour
tablespoon vanilla extract
400g golden caster sugar
375g dark chocolate
Melt the chocolate and the butter over a pan of water. Whisk the eggs then add in the sugar and vanilla extract. When the chocolate mixture is cooled slightly add the egg mixture then fold in the flour. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles if you have them - or mix in nuts (one of my teenagers is fussy about nuts so I don't tend to add them).
Cook in a pre-heated to 180 degrees oven for around 30-40 mins. It should have a golden crust on the top and be soft in the middle - it will continue to 'set' as it cools.
Cut into squares and eat!
Voila! fresh from the oven
Now I'd like to say I took it along and passed it around but in all the flurry of getting out of the door suitably dressed for rubbish weather it was left on the cooling rack. So here is a picture of my friend Rachel who was much better organised than me and made a traditional Victoria sponge with cream and fresh fruit - it was heaven!