30 Jul 2012

Decadent Chocolate Brownies

Yes, I know that cupcakes are the new brownies. Yet, given a choice I will almost always pick up a warm Chocolate Brownie over a cupcake. The decadence of a moist fudge-y brownie is unmatched and I find myself reaching for this fail-safe recipe quite often. The amazing aroma that fills my kitchen while baking these brownies is a lovely bonus!
Brownies originated in the United States and became quite a rage everywhere for their part-cake, part-cookie texture. They are usually served warm, often with ice cream and chocolate sauce on the side, sometimes with whipped cream. This sweet treat is a classic comfort food! So try this recipe and do write in with your experience with it.

This recipe makes 12 brownie squares (depending on portion size!)

You’ll need:
  • 125gm Butter (I use salted butter)
  • 115gm Cooking Chocolate - dark or milk
  • 100gm All-purpose Flour
  • 200gm Caster Sugar
  • 2tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 50gm chopped Walnuts
  • 50gm chopped Milk Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
  • Icing Sugar for sprinkling

How to:
  • Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 9”X9” square tin (or an 11”X7” rectangular one) and sprinkle some flour in it. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and chocolate in a bain-marie (double boiler). Transfer this to a mixing bowl.
  • Add sugar & mix well. Add eggs one at a time and beat till just blended.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together so that they mix evenly. Then stir in this dry mix into the wet mix. Add vanilla essence. 
  • Pour the batter into the baking tin. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and chocolate pieces or chips (alternatively, you can mix the walnuts and the chocolate in the batter itself).
  • Bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
  • Remove, cover the tin with foil and bake at 220C for another 20 minutes.
  • When you put a knife in the centre it'll not come out perfectly clean like when you bake a cake, as brownies are moister. So your brownies are done when there is no wet batter coming out on the knife.
  • Cool slightly and cut into squares.
  • Sift some icing sugar over the brownies and serve warm.

Suggested accompaniments:
  • A dollop of vanilla, chocolate or coffee ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles
  • All of the above! 
And a final note - All you need is Love. But a little Chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!