I’m sure there’s a rule against eating the whole tray of brownies yourself, but where’s the fun in that? As Katherine Hepburn said, “sometimes rules are meant to be broken”. I was thrilled to find Katharine Hepburn’s chocolate brownie recipe in the 1975 issue of The Ladies’ Home Journal. It works a treat! This chocolate brownie recipe is everything a brownie is supposed to be: a light flaky top that audibly cracks as you bite in, gooey chocolate insides and crunchy salty walnuts that break up the rich chocolate goodness.


Makes: 9-12 squares   Difficulty: Easy


·      20cm (8 in) Square baking tin

·      Oven thermometer

·      Kitchen timer

·      Kitchen scales

·      Medium saucepan

·      Spatula

·      Wire rack


·      60g (2 oz) Dark Chocolate, finely chopped

·      115g (4 oz) Unsalted Butter

·      2 large Eggs, lightly beaten

·      110g  (3.9 oz) Walnuts, roughly chopped

·      200g (7 oz) Caster Sugar

·      30g (1 oz) Plain Flour

·      ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

·      1 pinch Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (140 fan-forced; 320 F). Line the base and sides of the baking tin with baking paper. Grease the paper as well with non-stick spray.
  • Add the butter and chocolate to a medium sized saucepan. On low heat stir them together until fully melted. Stir in the caster sugar. Allow the mixture to cool to well below 60 degrees Celsius (144 F). You’re adding eggs next and if it’s too hot the eggs will cook and scramble in the pot!
  • Stir in the beaten eggs, walnuts, flour, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Pour the batter into the greased cake tin and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Check the oven has reached the correct temperature. Set your kitchen timer for 35 minutes. Place the cake tin on the middle rack of the oven. The brownies are ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. If not, add an extra 5 minutes to the timer and bake until done.
  • Remove from the oven. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 10 minutes before letting them cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares to serve.

Recipe adapted from Saveur.com



  • Baking time depends on how squishy you like your brownies to be in the centre. If you like them more cake-like in the middle then bake them for 45-50 minutes. Make sure you still check on them regularly.
  • I’ve heard these work fine with a gluten-free flour as well.
  • Brownies will keep well in an airtight container for 3-4 days.