Wednesday, 12 February 2014

One bowl Dark Chocolate Brownies.....

Valentine's day is 2 days away!!!!!!!!! And yes there's going to be that overdose of  hearts, red and all that jazz. So I thought instead , baking something chocolaty and fudgy and cakelicious would be the perfect answer to Valentine Day's. These dark chocolate brownies ( read as Happinesssssss) are easy to make. I said one bowl didn't I? Can't get easier than this. Brownies are easy to make, not really the " handle with care" kind of cakes. Whether or not you have baked before, you can jump blindly into making these.

I found this recipe in Dorie Greenspan's book " Baking: From my home to yours" which by the way is such an amazing book. It's a baker's bible, sort of. A book review of that is coming up soon on this blog.
So the recipe was for Classic Brownies and I tweaked it a bit. ( Read as used Dark Chocolate, a whole load of it).

There are less than 10 ingredients you'll need to for that dose of happiness.

150 gms of dark chocolate
125 gms butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp coffee powder
1/2 cup flour
1 cup cashew nuts. ( Originally the recipe had walnuts, either will do for that bit of crunch.)

Start by preheating the oven to a 175C. Line a 8 inch square baking pan with foil and butter the foil. Don't skip the greasing, it helps the foil peel off with ease when the brownies have baked.

Put a saucepan with a little water on heat and place a heatproof bowl over it, basically the double boiler method. I found this website to help you with it. Put the butter in the bowl, with the dark chocolate cut into pieces. Don't bother chopping the chocolate fine, just roughly will do. Take care not to let the butter burn. Stir till the butter is just melted and then take the pan off heat. Stir till all the chocolate has melted. The melted butter will help the chocolate melt. Whisk in the sugar, and then the eggs one by one. Splash of vanilla, coffee powder, and then the flour. Whisk till the flour is just incorporated. With a spatula stir in the nuts. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake the brownies for about 35 mins or till a toothpick comes out clean.

 Wait for the brownies to cool a bit and then lift them off the pan with the foil. Turn it over on to a board and gently peel off the foil. Cut into squares. This recipe makes about 16 brownies.

And that's all. Have them warm and with a scoop of vanilla, they'll be perfect. Happy Baking....

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