moist chewy brownies & success

I don’t know why the characters of my novel have not eaten any brownie yet, since it is my favourite kind of dessert and also a very easy to make one. They had pudding and mac&cheese, soufflés and scrambled eggs and nice sandwiches, even carrot cake, but the story surely lacks brownies. But all of the 37 520 words I wrote in last 11 days make only the first out of three parts of the story, so there will be a plenty of time for more sweets, especially with Sage who is an avid baker (sadly that is part three, so long days before I reach it). 

Janet chose her favorite café and he tasted vanilla cappuccino: they met before he went to the hospital and she went to work, at 8 a.m., on the purpose of preserving the tradition of the only right way to drink cappuccino: in the morning, with a sweet yeast bun, for breakfast. The coffee was indeed very good and he praised Janet for having such a great taste, but he decided that he still was not the biggest fun of the beverage. 

‘Maybe you will understand it with time. You are still too young.’ 

He inclined his head in agreement and they set the next meeting. 

Silver told her to dress nicely and she was suspicious but obliged. He took her to a fancy patisserie where they used to come with the whole family if there was a celebration, given Lora’s abysmal abilities as making anything sweet. They indulged on a tasting menu that consisted of ten different dessert and pastries, all in small sizes and looking more like jewels than food. 

‘You should take a nice young girl to a place like this, not an old woman, and especially like me, coming from lower class, I have never been to a place this fancy –’ 

‘Please’ he interrupted, smiling at her slightly. ‘This is only more of a reason to take you here. You’re amazing and you deserve it and I am happy to be here and talk with you.’ 

She blushed and beamed at him, suddenly looking at least ten years younger, and for a moment he felt perfectly happy.

chewy moist brownies

220 g butter, melted
1 cup warm water
½ cup sour cream
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cups sugar
3 eggs

combine all the ingredients in one bowl/pan, mix well manually
prepare a 20x25 pan, or one of similar volume: line with baking paper or grease
bake for 45-50 minutes in 180C (until toothpick comes out clean), no need to preheat the oven


  1. Yum! I'm always testing out new brownie recipes and I'm super interested in how the sour cream tastes in your recipe.

  2. Hello!
    I love your blog since I've found it and can't wait to see more recipes (especially with chocolate)! I have a question about this one. Do you think that if I use raw brown sugar the texture will be the same?

    1. Thank you! More chocolate recipes to come soon :)
      I think it should be very similar. I often substitute brown sugar for white in brownies, it might make it a bit denser and of course more decadent and less sweet, but I don't think there would be a big difference in texture!