Fictional Foods: Maura’s Sludgy Brownies

When I read The Raven Cycle series for the first time, I’ll admit that the food overall wasn’t what stood out to me.There was far too many other beautiful things going on in this amazing story. However this particular food item stood out from all the rest… Maura’s Sludgy Brownies!

They aren’t particularly important to the story, and are only mentioned briefly, but they just sounded so delicious that I had to give them a try!

“Ordinarily, Maura made sludgy brownies, but she hadn’t been there. Persephone had tried her best to re-create their undercooked glory, but the brownies had accidentally turned out pretty and precise with powdered sugar dusted in lace patterns on top. Calla had seemed worried that Blue would be angry, which bemused Blue. Why would she be angry at them? It was Maura she wanted to slap. Or hug.”
– Blue Lily, Lily Blue

How good does that sound? Seriously, so good right!? Even after I finished the book I was still thinking about slightly undercooked, gooey chocolate brownies. I’ve finally worked out what I think is the perfect recipe, and I of course had to share it all with you!

For this recipe I used a mix of Whittakers Creamy Milk Chocolate and 50% Dark Chocolate for this. The Creamy Milk Chocolate is my personal favourite. It’s so creamy I knew it would be perfect for this recipe! However to give it that super chocolatey taste I added the dark chocolate too, and I think it worked perfectly. But feel free to try it with your own favourite chocolates! You never know, your favourite chocolate might make this version of Maura’s Sludgy Brownies might turn out better than mine!


  • 1/2 Block Whittakers Creamy Milk Chocolate
  • 1/2 Block Whittakers 50% Dark Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup melted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180
  2. Chop both kinds of chocolate into chunks, and then mix. Melt half and save the other half for later.
  3. Mix the butter and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla until the mixture is light and fluffy
  4. Whisk in cooled melted chocolate. Make sure the chocolate in not too hot, or else the eggs will cook.
  5. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the chocolate mix
  6. Fold in dry ingredients, careful not to over mix
  7. Fold in remaining chopped chocolate
  8. Line a square pan with baking paper, and pour in batter
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how gooey you would like them.




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