I am sure the universal expression to the mere mention of this word is a child like ear-to-ear grin and the urgent desire to have one in any available form asap(as soon as possible)
I am a big desert fan and an even bigger Chocolate desert fan. Give me the menu card and how much ever I try, I can't escape the sinful chocolate shouting itself to be picked up above other flavours!!
I found my partner in chocolate-crime in my dewar Kushal and my daughter Vaanya. The way she gobbled up these brownies was a sweet satisfied affirmation the she has gone on me !!
As Vaanya turns 13 months today, I am reminded of the wonderful time we had in Allahabad and Lucknow last month where we celebrated her 1st birthday. The baker in me had an even great time baking quite some of the old saved recipes. Needeless to mention all were chocolate based from Orange cake with chocolate ganache, Brownie bottom chocolate cheesecake, Rich chocolate Pie-tart, Chocolate mini tarts to these Brownies. Baker's Delight- All came out perfect and i managed to finish an entire bar of cooking chocolate in a weeks time !!
- 3/4 cup chocolate
- 1/4 cup refined flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a square baking tray.
In a small bowl, melt the chocolate on a double boiler or microwave for 1 min. Set aside.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add the eggs.
Stir in the melted chocolate until thoroughly incorporated, and then finally, fold in the flour mixture, making sure that you don’t over mix the batter.
Pour it into the pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Test with a skewer- it should come out sticky with brownie clumped up in places, and not look like smooth, raw batter. If still underdone, switch off the oven, and pop it back in for another five minutes. Anything more than that will ruin it, because brownies continue to cook in all that trapped heat even after they’re pulled out of the oven.
Let it cool for at least an hour before you cut them in squares and serve them.
(Mine were little gooey in the center and i was planning to discard those pieces. Kept them thinking Kushal may like those pieces and rightly so, those were the best ones according to him !!)