Baking | One-bowl Milk Chocolate Brownies ….. with a little food for thought!

“She doesn’t want to fight. She’d rather write poetry, make brownies, drink herbal tea and watch the clouds roll by. None of the dragons she knows breathes fire, so she doesn’t, either.”
Christina Day

Milk Chocolate Brownies, Baking for FriendsMilk chocolate brownies! I have never considered baking with milk chocolate, never turned to the Google Gods for milk chocolate recipes. It’s just something that isn’t me. In  my mind, maybe for some silly reason, milk chocolate is sweet & un-chocolaty, and good for young kids alone! A through and through dark chocolate {read bitter dark} person, I often steer clear of  white chocolate as well! Milk Chocolate Brownies, Baking for Friends Yet, the recipe caught my eye while leafing through Kathleen Kings fresh new baking book ‘Baking for Friends‘ {more about the book on the Chocolate-Pear Tea Cake}. It was reassuring to read I am not alone in my dark chocolate leanings. Kathleen writes, “You can probably tell from my recipes that I’m a dark chocolate fan. I don’t bake with milk chocolate often, but each time I do, I am pleasantly surprised how delicious it is.” Milk Chocolate Brownies, Baking for FriendsI don’t sport much of a sweet tooth but a little nibble confirmed the chocolaty goodness. The kids loved them … fudgy, chocolaty, moist milk chocolate brownies! Milk Chocolate Brownies, Baking for Friends, Kathleen KingThe past few days have been T I R I N G ! Playing chauffeur to the kids is tiring. Out at day break day before at some unearthly hour to pick up the daughter who had slept over at a friends’ after a late Enrique concert. Back home, daily chores, drove her to art class, then dropped junior for a Dussehra mela {festive fair}. Out again past 9pm to first pick up junior & his friend, then pick up the daughter, drop friend home … just as well that I enjoy driving! Every days seems the same ….

Coco, the cocker spanielAll this while the hub is in HKG for almost a month so my work seems cut out for me. What keeps me going? Much!! The cocker who flings herself at me every morning like she hasn’t seen me in years, that she melts into submission at meal times, ears ‘clipped‘ back and ready to do anything for food {a home cooked meal!}, that she can chew on a blade of dried lemon grass for hours and enjoy it so much!


… that 3 times this week a butterfly has bounced off the windscreen while I was driving, that the ever charming junior hasn’t got into a spot of trouble at school for one whole week {yes, an achievement}, that the senior teen made stunning lantern invites for the drama fest at school…{began from plain white rolls of paper and made 30 of these; never mind that she spray painted the house in the bargain},

… that butterflies are all over the garden, that my lime tree of many years has finally bloomed a single bud, that the tangerine shrub is laden with fruit, that 3 cherry tomato plants are growing strong, the Thai chili plant is prospering, that I have finally begun walking almost every morning finally thanks to inspiration from friendsFall 2012… that every time I sit down to be with junior teen in front of the telly, he thinks it’s to watch Julie & Julia. Runs it for me for the 100th time, then keeps checking me out to see if I am enjoying it. He’s also trying really HARD to stop biting his nails as I have asked for ‘un-bitten nails‘ as a birthday present next month! Passion fruit… I am touched that a reader of my blog mailed me passion fruit all the way from South India. The rustic appeal and colour made my heart skip a beat! Thank you Twinsey Rachel. I am humbled that you still remembered our conversation of over 2 years ago! Reading snippets from updates on the moving sidebar on facebook I am beginning to count the blessing. Simplify life is the call!

Curry projectIt’s the little things that matter and I’m striving to make each day better!  I am honoured to be part of a curry testing project with Alex from Denmark, and another that is based in the US. Both involve what I love most – food! That the blog is being fed a little more regularly is also a happy feeling!

Milk Chocolate Brownies, Baking for Friends, Kathleen King I am ever grateful that the good folk at Tate’s Bake Shop considered it worthwhile to mail me a copy of Kathleen Kings new baking book, Baking for Friends, even though I live halfway across the globe! I reviewed it on the Chocolate-Pear Tea Bread, and now it’s time to share some more goodness. Seems to be chocolate all the way, and this time was a surprise – Milk Chocolate Brownies!! Milk Chocolate Brownies, Baking for Friends, Kathleen King

[print_this]Recipe: Milk chocolate brownies {one bowl}

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Summary: You got to believe in the deliciousness of milk chocolate when you nibble these fudgy, chocolaty, moist milk chocolate brownies! Adapted very minimally from Baking for Friends, Kathleen King.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 100g / 1/2 cup unsalted butter, soft
  • 250g / 9oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 90g / scant 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 90g / 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 10g / 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 9″ square tin with parchment.
  2. Melt butter gently in a microwave safe bowl {or in a saucepan over low heat}, add the finely chopped chocolate and let it stand for a minute. Stir well, then leave to cool slightly.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk briskly until mixed well. Add the flour, cocoa and salt  and stir until smooth. Spread evenly into prepared tin.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with moist crumbs. Leave tin on cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Remove gently from pan and cut into 16 squares.


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  • I have the book too and after seeing this beautiful brownie recipe, I’m rushing over to find something to make from it right now!

  • 4 years ago

    That dog is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! And those brownies are one of the most delicious – YUM!

  • 4 years ago

    Tempting brownies and cute dog! An interesting book and method…



  • I have promised myself not to keep buying cookbooks.. because at buy them without making anything from them!! but you do a good job of tempting me to buy this book!! and I know while you say that these brownies were excellent with milk chocolate.. dont judge me .. when I say,,,I am still dark chocolate girl!! 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    Love your posts always, but the highlight of this post is the lanterns made by the daughter.. i love them man!

  • 4 years ago

    I love your blog! You should post some of your stuff on

    A friend told me about it and that’s where I go to check out cool foods. I guess food bloggers post there, its pretty sweet. Anywho, love your site!

  • 4 years ago

    Me too not a great fan of milk chocolate , but if Deeba recomends it one can follow blindly so thats what I am going to do. First batch of brownie after this puja going to be these 🙂 . BTW furry baby looks cuter than before !

  • 4 years ago

    Aha..the food for though is lost to your pictures honey 🙂
    Here I am who is not at all fond of chocolate, the dark ones always better, the white milk chocolate looks and feels like baby food to me 🙂
    But I can’t decide between a good hot chocolate and coffee sometimes. Weird na?

  • 4 years ago

    Coco’s such a cutie!

  • 4 years ago

    Am loving these cuties and am bookmarking these Deeba!!!

  • 4 years ago

    Awesome pictures. I adore your doggy. He is such a cutie. The brownies are sinfully addictive.

  • 4 years ago

    Deeba your food always look fantastic and these brownies look delicious and your pet is adorable!!!!

  • Luana
    4 years ago

    i cant wait to try this brownies…I bookmarked the recipe and I will make this on weekend…thanks a lot for a nice sharing..

  • 4 years ago

    Such an awesome post Deeba, you are one super busy lady! Loved the brownies, the garden pics and the lanterns!

  • 4 years ago

    Omg, cant take my eyes from the brownies..Irresistible!

  • 4 years ago

    I’m a new baking-enthusiast. The biggest problem I face is that I’m a vegetarian and can’t bake with eggs. I’ve browsed over a 100 recipes online but can’t find a decent one. please suggest an egg substitute for brownies. Thanks 🙂

    PS – I’m a big fan of your blog and it inspires me to cook (especially the photography)

  • these brownies look amazing! and I absolutely love your photos. . I just had to tell you that. Truly, so beautiful. Love it.

  • 4 years ago

    I love milk Chocolate, but it has to be Swedish :). Your puppy is just so cute, the haircut looks wonderful.

  • Love your fur baby — so so cute!!

  • 4 years ago

    Very interesting article that contains a lot of useful things.

  • 4 years ago

    Beautiful photos! The brownies looks so good, chewy and fudgy – just the way I like it! And I love your dog´s “haircut”! Totally 80´s revival! 😉

  • I’m surprised to hear you say you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, you are the baking queen!

  • 4 years ago

    I am completely the opposite – milk chocolate all the way. I just can’t get over the bitterness of dark chocolate. I say that to say this – these brownies look like they’d be right up my alley. Delicious!

  • 4 years ago

    Very nice pictures and chocolate brownies recipe.

  • Kelly
    4 years ago

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,

  • Samruddhi
    4 years ago

    Hey Deeba..tried these brownies yesterday…turned out wont believe we finished the whole tray at one go …:) (family of 3 😉 )..thanks once again for a wonderful recipe and ofcourse beautiful pictures..:)

    • 4 years ago

      Hey Samruddhi, thanks for trying them out, and thanks too for taking the time to write back! Loved reading your comment! Glad you enjoyed them.

  • 4 years ago

    perferct …. And I going use this chocolate brownies recipes for my bake sale…!!!

  • Amna younus
    3 years ago

    Hey deeba how r u?
    I’m gonna try this recepie looks amazing
    But i ‘ve quick question
    I hvn’t seen any baking powder or soda in the ing is it missing or doesn’t need in this recipie
    Plz reply

    • 3 years ago

      Hi Amna, since brownies are usually dense and moist, I often don’t us a raising agent in them. If I am using alternative flours, then might consider adding some baking powder etc. Hope this helps.

  • Irma
    3 years ago

    These brownies are delicious!!! I’ve made them three times already, and it all started with your tempting blog. All I can say is – thank you!!
    I love dark chocolate brownies, but an aunt and a new sister-in-law are milk chocolate fans. I don’t get too much pleasure out of cooking or baking if my loved ones don’t enjoy it. This recipe is perfect for them AND for me!
    Easy too!
    Now if only other things in life were this super 😉

    • 3 years ago

      How sweet of you to take the time to write back Irma. I am just like you and love dark chocolate brownies. These made me change a little; love the milk choc version too now! 🙂

  • Sonal @ Dubai
    3 years ago

    The brownies look delicious! I am hoping to try making them, however, am confused with the proportions of ingredients. You have said 1/2 cup is equivalent to 90g of sugar and 3/4 cup flour is equivalent to 90g of flour. Are you able to clarify? thnx so much! Sonal

    • 3 years ago

      Hi Sonal. Sugar weighs more than flour, which is why 1/2 cup of the former weighs the same as 3/4 cup of the latter. Hope I am making sense!

  • Ashley
    2 years ago

    Love your website! Especially since it is tailored to suit products that are available in India. I have a question…if I need to make a bigger quantity, I should just double the ingredients right?

  • 2 years ago

    Nice Recipes, Thank you for posting it.I will surely try this at home.

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