Fudge Brownies

I first got hooked on to the idea of trying different kinds of brownies when a friend of mine sent me a link to  the brownie project blog. As tech arrested as you'd like to call me, it was also my first introduction to a blog!!!!. No wonder then I was hooked on instantly. The idea struck me as excessively cute that someone had dedicated their kitchen experimenting to trying out different  brownies!!!Just good old brownies.... I do remember having tried a few recipes from that blog and soon might I say brownies were a regular project in my oven as well.

Brownies are cake's less fussier cousins. They're easier to whip up, don't demand too much technical knowledge of baking and honestly I've rarely had a batch that has let me down. If there was any, it still tasted brilliant and was probably converted into a super chocolaty dessert or something.

My previously posted recipe for one bowl dark chocolate brownies is still a favourite in my kitchen. Ok.. Correction. I'm making that " is" into a "was". You got to evolve as you move ahead. I say  " was" ,because, I found this new recipe for super fudgy brownies. I made them 3 times in a couple of weeks, and then had to make great efforts to resist baking them, only because I ran out of brown sugar. While you can replace the brown sugar with regular white sugar in this recipe, the brown sugar does add a slightly nutty caramel flavour to the brownies, and I wouldn't give that up so easily. But even if you're using all regular sugar, rest assured it won't take away the lovely texture of these brownies.

These are probably the kind of brownies you'd love to dig into anytimeeee. Like anytime. They have a great fudginess to them, no cakiness in them whatsoever!!! And to add to the super Frikkin awesome texture, they are topped with a layer of ganache. Sooooo.., basically.... these are brownies from heaven. Also if like me, if you have a fear of brownies turning out to be crumbly when you slice into them, worry not. These brownies chill in the refrigerator so the ganache can set and this means, they cut perfectly when you take them out of the fridge. Leaving them in the fridge only enhances their texture, so chuck your worries about them turning dry or hard. Also did I mention, the recipe involves no beating butter or using an electric cake beater, a simple whisk will work all the magic for you. Is this the best recipe or what!!!!!!

                               Going into the oven. Looking gorgeous already!!!!!!!!!!

A generous layer of ganache over the brownies, while they are still in the pan. Off to the fridge to set.

Fudge Brownies:

Ingredients :

For the brownies
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup  brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder disolved in 2 tablespoons hot water. 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup  cocoa powder  
 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
For the Ganache
150 ml low fat milk cream
150 gm dark chocolate, cut into little chunks. 
Method :
1.Start with lining and greasing a 9X9 inch square pan. 
2. In a large microwavable  bowl, toss in the butter. Microwave to melt it. Add the sugars, both brown and granulated. Toss in the coffee and vanilla. Combine using a whisk.
3. Add the eggs, one by one, mixing just till incorporated. 
4. Whisk in the cocoa till there are no lumps in the mixture. 
5. Add the flour and mix till it just combines. Do not overmix
6. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 25 - 30 mins, till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs but not batter. 
7. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan while you start on the ganache.
8. For the ganache, mix the chopped chocolate and cream in a microwave safe bowl . Microwave the mixture in 30 seconds spurts till the chocolate is almost completely melted and the cream is warm. Do not over heat the cream. Stir the mixture and then set it aside for 10 minutes. 
9. Pour the ganache over almost cooled brownies. Smoothen the ganache with a spatula and put the brownies in the fridge for the ganache to set. About an hour or two is good. 
10. Cut the brownies into slices only when the ganache has set . The ganache has set when it's no longer sticky to the touch.