The Store Cupboard Dessert – Brownies

The Store Cupboard Dessert - Brownies
A basic chocolate brownie recipe using store cupboard stable ingredients.

This is a great dessert recipe that relies on store cupboard ingredients that are shelf stable and last a long time.  Whenever I need to make a dessert, the go-to option is these brownies – the only question I need to ask is if there is an egg in the house?  Everything else stays in the pantry until needed.  Or until you get the munchies and scoff the chocolate chips! No fancy mixers needed, just combine everything in a bowl and bang into the oven – then hey presto!  Brownies!

SERVES: Makes 9 large brownies – however many that serves is up to you!


  • Self-Raising Flour – 0.5 cup
  • Sugar (white or brown)- 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract / Essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Cocoa Powder – 0.3 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Melted Butter or Olive Oil – 0.5 cup
  • Chocolate Chips – 100g
  • Pinch of salt


  • If you don’t have self raising flour, use plain flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder (not bicarb or baking soda!).
  • For the chocolate chips, use one packet of Dr. Oetker Milk Chocolate Chunks.
  • Combine Cadburys drinking chocolate into the cocoa powder.


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C and grease brownie tin with oil/butter.
  • In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour batter into tin and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Eat.

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