Recipe for Fudgey Chewy Brownies by KL's Swich Cafe


Swich Café has become synonymous in recent years with KL’s most fascinating cakes, from mangosteen-topped temptations to avocado-laced beauties that lure long lines to the café in Publika every weekend.

This month, Swich founder Lim Cheng Cheng reveals a recipe for her most cherished creation and explains why it holds a special place in her heart. Pair these fudgey-chewy brownies with ice cream for a lovely teatime treat.

Cheng Cheng says:

This was the brownie that started it all for me – my first ever success at baking, and something that friends always ask for and kids just love. I bake them for my son’s school events, they are so easy to do and always a hit with kids. There’s only about 1 teaspoon of sugar per slice of brownie (cut into 16 squares), so it’s not a super-unhealthy treat!

I simplified the recipe so that people can bake this and have yummy brownies under an hour. Basically there are 4 components, and once they are prepared, it’s just a matter of whisking them in. Most people would have these ingredients in their kitchen, especially if they bake often. Use any chocolate, I like the Lindt bars (milk and 70% dark chocolate) for these.

I hope readers will like them!

(A) Melt over bainmarie:

  • 380 g chocolate couverture (I usually use a mix of milk and dark chocolate, the better the quality of the chocolate, the better the brownies will taste!)
  • 1/2 cup (115g) butter
  • 2 tb cocoa powder (optional)

(B) Beat in:

  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

(C) Whisk in:

  • 3 eggs

(D) Mix and whisk in:

  • 3/4 cup (90g) plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  • Heat oven to 160 degree Celsius.
  • Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over hot water bath (Bain Marie). Stir in cocoa powder, if using. Let it cool down a little.
  • Beat sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.
  • Add eggs into the chocolate mixture and beat until glossy and smooth (about 3 minutes).
  • In a separate bowl, whisk, mix or sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and whisk until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into 9x9x2.5 inch pan and bake for 25 to 35 minutes (depending on your oven). Test for doneness with a thin blade or toothpick, if there are few tiny crumbs on the blade or toothpick, the brownies are done.

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