My grandparents owned a bakery in downtown Stockholm for many years. We grew up with our Mormor (that is what we call my mother’s mother in Swedish) visiting us in the states and baking all her delicious Swedish recipes. This recipe is one of our traditional family Swedish recipes and one of my all-time favorite brownie recipes.
Like a lot of very good quality baked goods, there are very few ingredients but the ingredients that are used should always be top quality. You will also notice that this recipe does not have any baking soda or baking powder. Many of our traditional Swedish recipes never used any baking powder or baking soda.
Very Easy Brownie Recipe
This is one of the easiest brownie recipes out there and it is so much better than the box brownie recipes. There is no need for you to buy the box brownies any more and this recipe is as easy to make as the box recipes.
And it is so much fresher as this uses ONLY fresh and natural ingredients. This is because this recipe has been used for many years, even before the time baking with baking soda or baking powder became popular.
One difference you may notice is that the brownies will not rise as much if they had baking powder in it. But they are still very moist and delicious.
Swedish Brown Recipe Notes
Good ingredients is to the key to any good baked goods. Here are some note on these ingredients.
- Cocoa powder – As the cocoa powder is one of the main ingredients you should always use high-quality cocoa powder. Hershey Powder is always a good brand, you can find out more by clicking here. Another good option is Ghirardelli Cocoa you can find out more by clicking here.
- Butter – Use good quality butter. Do not try to use margarine or a butter substitute in this recipe. Whenever we can we will use a good quality European butter like the Kerry Gold Irish Butter, you can find out more by clicking here. If you can find the French butter, President, we really like that brand of butter. Here is more information on the President brand of butter by clicking here. We find that the President brand is such a high-quality brand of butter, once you have had President butter you may never eat another butter again.
- Eggs – Use a good quality egg. Do not use any egg substitutes.
- Vanilla – Use very good quality vanilla. In the recipe, we have used Trader Joes Bourbon Vanilla. We recommend that you use real vanilla and not imitation vanilla.
- Salt – We use natural sea salt, so if possible try to use a good quality sea salt like this Celtic Fine Sea Salt is good, you can find out more here.
- Flour – Use a good quality flour, like your basic Pillsbury Best All Purpose Flour is good. You can find out more here.
Baking The Brownies
It is important not to overbake brownies. A lot of people make a mistake in that they will overbake their brownies and then wonder why they are dry. In fact if you want your brownies to be a bit gooey, then underbake them a bit.
The Swedes will bake these in small muffin pans. If you decide to use small muffin pans for these then cut the baking time.
My Swedish Grandmother’s Swedish Brownies
Makes 9″ x 13″ pan
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup butter (melted and cooled)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- Preheat oven at 325F (162 C),
- Mix together eggs, sugar and vanilla in a bowl
- Then add in melted butter and mix
- Add salt, cocoa and flour
- Bake at 325 F for about 30 minutes or until done.