Yagev Buchshtav’s Brownies


3 eggs
|1 cup sugar
300 grams dark chocolate
200 grams room temperature butter
1 packet instant chocolate pudding
½ cup flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder


You can use a bowl and a fork, or a bowl and a whisk. I made it in a mixer on medium speed.

Place the butter, eggs and sugar in the mixer and beat it until you get a light and airy mixture.

Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave.

Add the melted chocolate to the mixer bowl and continue beating for another minute.

Add the instant pudding and beat for just two more rounds with the mixer (it doesn’t matter if there’s powder left on the sides).

Add the flour and mix for another  two rounds.

Do not overmix. Use a spatula to gather everything and mix twice more.

Spray a medium-sized disposable baking pan with a little oil and pour in the batter.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Note: If you insert a toothpick, it may come out slightly moist, the brownies harden outside the oven so don’t let them dry out!

Extra warning not to overcook or let them dry out in the oven because then all the flavor goes! 

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Yagev is Nofar and Yuval’s eldest brother and Rimmon’s husband. He was born and raised in Kibbutz Nirim and studied street theater and juggling. He is self-taught, reads many books, and has been passionate about cooking since a young age. Music is a major part of his life; evidenced by his ability to play various musical instruments including the cello, clarinet, melodica, and organ, all of which he taught himself. He also built electric guitars and managed a recording studio. He met his wife in their youth when they played music together, and only after 17 years of friendship did they realize the romantic connection between them. They wed in a modest ceremony during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yagev and his wife Rimmon were kidnapped from their home in Nirim. Rimmon was released in a prisoner exchange, while Yagav remains in captivity to this day.

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