Blueberry Brownies

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There isn’t a lot one can say about brownies that hasn’t already been said a thousand times before. However, it never harms to reiterate the main characteristics each and every brownie should possess; they ought to be dense, moist, exceedingly rich and jolly unhealthy. If one succeeds in attaining such characteristics, it’s fairly likely that one will have become the creator of a more than adequate brownie. Making frugal brownies is really very simple, you know.

As many of you may already be aware, the frugal brownie was tackled and perfected here some time ago. However, new variations on classic culinary themes are hardly rare and should be encouraged; this particular article is an adaptation of the World’s best brownie. Indeed, to account for the addition of a rather hefty portion of fruit, these little brown squares of chocolaty heaven require less refined sugar than was originally called for. Extra chocolate and cocoa have been added to mitigate an anticipated reduction of density and goo.

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A few posts a go I promised to let you into the “secret” of my lighting equipment. Though the answer will, no doubt, be a little disappointing (there are no slaves holding pillows this time), I wish to remain a man of my word. A couple of weeks ago I purchased a photography light reflector and what a perfect job it does too! An artificial light source will make it into my set up eventually, but for now this board is more than adequate and features silver, gold and white reflectors as well as a light diffuser, all of which allows for the natural warming, cooling and softening of any natural light source. This rather impressive piece of photographic equipment only set me back around £10, allowing me to continue my frugal living.

Blueberry Brownies

Makes 16

Ingredients:

• 100g butter

• 50g cocoa powder

• 75g dark chocolate, not less than 70% cocoa solids

• 2 eggs, medium

• A generous pinch of salt

• 175g muscovado sugar

• 50g self-raising flour

• 150g blueberries

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a 21x21cm baking tin. Melt together the butter and cocoa powder, before adding the chocolate, heat gently until smooth. Whisk together the sugar, salt and eggs until frothy, before whisking the chocolate into the egg mixture.

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2. Fold the flour into the chocolate mixture, before gently adding the blueberries. Tip into the baking tin, spread evenly and pop in the oven to bake for 25 minutes and not a moment longer.

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3. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before loosening around the edge and turning out onto a cooling rack. Divide into 16 portions and tuck in just before they are properly cold. Delicious!

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Cost: Blueberries are a rather expensive fruit, but if you can find them for a decent price then they are definitely worth purchasing. My punnet, for instance, set me back a mere 30p – very frugal. Still, overall these brownies are very thrifty, particularly since many cafes and restaurants regularly charge as much as £3.50 per brownie. You’ll be glad to know that this recipe comes in at substantially less at £3.80 for the entire confection. With these one’s frugal life may continue unabated.

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198 comments on “Blueberry Brownies

  1. cookinginsens
    November 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Pretty berries.

    • Judith
      November 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Blueberries are in season on this side of the world right now – Melbourne Australia – so will give these brownies a whirl this weekend!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks, Rosemary 😀

  2. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    November 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Blueberries + chocolate = wonderful!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      That’s funny, that’s the equation I came up with too…

  3. ripe red berries
    November 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    OMG – will have to make these for my son – he LOVES blueberries and chocolate! Yummy…

  4. Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com
    November 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    What a combo, me like! :) Love your photos!

  5. Green Door Hospitality
    November 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What a great twist to a standard favorite!
    Kenley

  6. loren24250
    November 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    What’s your take on using frozen blueberries in these brownies, if fresh berries aren’t available? If I’m not mistaken, blueberries freeze pretty well (like peas). But I could be mistaken!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Well… I used frozen blueberries so… perfect 😀

  7. Sarah
    November 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Gorgeous!!

  8. trialsinfood
    November 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    fantastic! those brownies look so so good!

  9. Shira
    November 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Looking beautiful Nick! I am sure the blueberruies take good care of the desired moisture! A lovely & delicious combination :)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks, Shira! A VERY good combination indeed :)

  10. narf77
    November 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t know how you managed to end up with brownies. If I attempt to make these I would have trouble having any blueberries or batter left to put into the pan. The new camera is definately working! It will be blueberry season here soon and I MUST grow some of our own on Serendipity Farm. Cheers for the recipe :)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Haha – I am the epitome of self-control! Yes, you really should!

  11. My French Heaven
    November 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Amazing!

  12. jonabouchard
    November 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the lighting advice, that’s a great idea. (yummy looking brownies too, btw)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much! Definitely get a reflector 😀

  13. Jeff Parker
    November 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Sounds delicious… will most definitely try. Also, I have been meaning to tell you that your photos are getting better and better each week. Cheers

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks! You definitely should. I’m glad you think so :)

  14. Malkire
    November 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Mmmm does this look delicious!

  15. susartandfood
    November 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Wow, pairing two of my favorite foods – yum

  16. Chocolate Chilli Mango®
    November 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    great brownies!

    and don’t you just love your reflector? best piece of photography equip ever, isn’t it?

  17. Emily Cooks Vegan
    November 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, I absolutely love blueberries and chocolate, these look so good! x

  18. Lorna
    November 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Excellent tip on the reflector: I’ve added one to my wish list. My food photographs leave a lot to be desired!

  19. notedinnashville
    November 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought to add blueberries, but now my mouth is watering.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Everyone is saying that, but they work SO well!

  20. chitchatandallofthat
    November 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome!! I have blueberries everyday I love them so much. And being the choc-aholic that I am, this could very well be my new favourite treat!!
    Bravo!!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks! Blimey, that must be an expensive habit!

      • chitchatandallofthat
        November 15, 2012 at 1:31 am

        LOL! It’s not too bad. Now that the cooler weather is here, it’s getting harder to find fresh blueberries so I’ve had to start buying frozen. No problem though; I just thaw them and we’re good to go!!

        • frugalfeeding
          November 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm

          Indeed! These were fresh, reduced and then we froze them 😀

  21. An Unrefined Vegan
    November 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    D’oh – why didn’t I think to put blueberries into brownies! And thanks for the lighting tip – I’ve been eyeing tents and reflectors (even had a go at making my own) for a while now, but haven’t committed yet. Your photos are very convincing!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I have no idea 😀 – they go fabulously well. Reflectors are very cost effective – there’s no reason to avoid getting one.

  22. ocelot81
    November 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Oh my , this looks delicious! :)

  23. Marilyn Zembo Day
    November 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love the idea of blueberries in brownie- they’re my favorite fruit! I’m going to have to try this, after converting to US measurements, that is.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Fantastic! I have a converter link at the top of my blog… I never convert because I really detest the American method…

  24. Karen
    November 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Blueberries and chocolate…a winning combination in your brownies.

  25. ladyredspecs
    November 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    In 1995 while visiting New York I was served a brownie that was studded with raspberries. That was THE best brownie, I still remember it vividly! Blueberry brownies may well be their equal!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Perhaps they are! These certainly were VERY nice.

  26. Korena in the Kitchen
    November 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I always think of pairing blueberries with white chocolate, but these look totally amazing!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      That works very well too, but I always feel like the white chocolate detracts from the fruit a little.

  27. Laurie
    November 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    These sound delicious. I love chocolate and blueberries!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks, Laurie! They go together very well indeed.

  28. Inge
    November 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I’m making it tomorrow since I’ve got all the ingredients!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  29. kendraalyse
    November 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    When I saw this recipe I knew you had a winner. This is definitely getting a spot in my to do list, and soon. Yummmmm

  30. Healthy Way of Life
    November 14, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Reblogged this on Smiley's Healthy Way of Life.

  31. arzea
    November 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

    There you go making me drool again and killing my waistline!! These look sooooo goood!

    I just noticed your FB page, and I am going to hop over and like it! Also, I’d love for you to swing over to my new Domestic Superhero Facebook page and give it a Like! I would totally appreciate it! http://www.facebook.com/DomesticSuperhero

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Dreadfully sorry! Yes, why not? I’ll pop over there now.

  32. baconbiscuit212
    November 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Those look fantastic! I must try them. Your new reflector seems to have done its job as well! Not as good as slaves though . . . 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Daisy! No, slaves are the best!

  33. petit4chocolatier
    November 14, 2012 at 1:58 am

    These are a masterpiece! Loving the brownies and blueberries; and wish I had one right now : )

    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your link on my reblog page?

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Aww, thanks! How nice! Reblog? Of course 😀

  34. Amy
    November 14, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Wow these brownies look like the perfect consistency! LOVE the addition of blueberries!! I would never have thought to do that :)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Oh they are, Amy! The blueberries went very well.

  35. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    November 14, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I’ve just pinned this.. I’m dying to try anything sweet with a blueberries added in!!

  36. Jody Thompson
    November 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Yum! A great take on the classic brownie.

  37. Aimee@clevermuffin
    November 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I was looking at that first photo and thinking ‘how does Mr Frugal take such good photos? jealousy does not become me, but those blueberries just…. pop. But low and behold, it’s a light reflector? Hmmm. I have a light box, but I still haven’t used it. But I might have to make these… I only have one brownie recipe and it does not have any blueberries in it. A must add I’m thinking.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Haha – dreadfully sorry, Aimee! You should give it a whirl, though I think they can be a little restrictive. Make some more brownies NOW! You must!

  38. Patch
    November 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Sounds NOM! Do you think it would work with frozen blueberries?? Although they do tend to be a bit more juicy than fresh but sometimes they are on bogof so also frugal. I love the combination of fresh, dark cherries and chocolate… Think that could make an awesome brownie. I did try it last year when they were in season but it needs perfecting.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Oh yes – mine were actually frozen to keep them fresh! Give it a go!

  39. Sandra Nguy
    November 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    These sound amazing! A punnet where I am now costs around $5… so I will wait but can’t wait to try them!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      You could sub the blueberries for something a little cheaper – raisins perhaps?

      • Sandra Nguy
        November 20, 2012 at 2:47 am

        Definitely a good idea! Although not a fan of raisins but you’ve made me think of dried cranberries 😉 Thanks!

  40. sophiezest
    November 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Oh, the pretty pictures! I never dare to bake brownies for the ridiculously short time advocated in recipes. As a result they are not quite gooey enough.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      OH, but you must! Never more than 25 minutes at 180C

  41. Somer
    November 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Now I see why you love photographing brown! These are completely gorgeous Nick. I’ve put raspberries in brownies, but blueberries sound incredible.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Haha – indeed! Thank, Somer! I’ll have to give that a go too!

  42. nic98omo
    November 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    These look great. I wonder if they would also work with strawberries. Thanks for the tip on the reflector.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      umm… I’m sure they would! No problem 😀

  43. spree
    November 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I’m going to have to try these Nick! A couple super foods in the same classic unhealthy dessert – what could be better than THAT? (so tell me, are these as wonderful as they look?)

    • frugalfeeding
      November 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      You must :D! Yes, they really are… I enjoyed them A LOT.

  44. Sarah J>
    November 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I’ve tried the deceptively delicious brownie version of adding pureed cooked beets to the batter–which gives the brownie a red velvety appearance. I’m anxious to try your recipe with the blueberry bonus. Have you tried it with thawed frozen berries or do you think fresh works best? I’m glad our blogs “hooked up”–eager to read more. A penny saved–Sarah J>

    • frugalfeeding
      November 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Not a bad idea! I have beets though and I can always tell if they’re in something… I used frozen berries in this, they weren’t even thawed!

  45. eventfullifejk
    November 15, 2012 at 1:42 am

    These look amazing!! Blueberries are my favorite! :)

  46. pantryobsession
    November 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Congrats! You have been nominated for a Sunshine award…follow the link… http://pantryobsession.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/a-sunshine-blog-award/

  47. priscillamtizwa
    November 15, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Looks amazingly delicious!

  48. wordpressreport
    November 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Reblogged this on WordPress Report.

  49. Bam's Kitchen
    November 15, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I would have never thought to put blueberries and chocolate together but now that I have seen the success, I am a believer. (Your new lighting and props has made a positive influence in your photography- beautiful)

  50. whilehewasout
    November 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I really like the photo of the unbaked brownies! Very nice colours and sheen. The finished product looks great too of course 😉 !