A Giffords Circus Goodie Bag!


Giffords Circus Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Restaurant: Giffords Circus
Serves: 8
Prep / cook time 35 minutes

To celebrate the opening of their brand new show, Les Enfants du Paradis, the Cotswold’s most popular performers, Gifford Circus, have shared their secret brownie recipe with us.

As well as being Britain’s most exciting circus, the food at Giffords Circus Sauce has also been creating quite a stir. At each show, chef Ols Halas puts on a fantastic spread, creating a magical dining experience for guests – where else can you dine alongside fellow circus-goers and performers?

These Giffords Circus Chocolate Brownies have almost as many followers as Tweedy the Clown – they are sold at each performance in the tea tent, but now you can have a go at creating your own – just don’t ever overcook them. There’s quite simply nothing worse than a dry brownie, as Lil Rice (right) will tell you!

And don’t forget to enter this month’s Prize Draw where you could be in with the chance of winning an exclusive Giffords Circus Goodie Bag!

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Chocolate Brownies

225g unsalted butter

225g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

350g caster sugar

4 large eggs pinch of salt

175g plain flour



Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 30 × 20cm brownie tin with baking parchment.


In a saucepan, melt the butter and bring almost to boiling point before removing from the heat and whisking in the chocolate until smooth. The residual heat from the butter should be enough to melt the chocolate but if not, scrape the mixture into a non-metallic bowl and pop it into the microwave for a few seconds.


In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs with a pinch of salt until light and fluffy - this is easier in a stand mixer. Slowly add the melted chocolate and butter and keep mixing until fully incorporated. Sift in the flour and gently fold into the batter.


Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how set you want your brownies - but make sure there's still a wobble in the centre, so you get a nice smooth texture with no graininess.


Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool a little before cutting into 6 pieces.


Consider this just a base to which you can add numerous other ingredients to make things more interesting, such as glacé or fresh cherries, mint, white chocolate, coffee, vanilla, Maltesers, anything you like!