November 7, 2008

Chocolate Brownies …………


Any one who enjoys chocolate is bound to love chocolate brownies, and I am no exception. I cannot resist the moist, slightly chewy and fudgy texture of brownies and more so because they are not too sweet.
So when I know I have to say no to chocolate (this is very difficult to do) and still wouldn’t mind a piece or two of some brownies, I make them using cocoa. These brownies have a lovely chocolatey taste that only cocoa powder can lend and I feel happy that I’m keeping away from the chocolate.
Yeah, I know. Just who am I fooling?




This recipe uses cocoa powder and the brownies have a slightly cake-ish texture probably because of this. On baking, these brownies have a nice cracked and crisp top which hides a soft, slightly chewy interior. I like these as much as I like those made with the chocolate.




As always, brownies are easy to make. The batter for brownies is best mixed by hand as this gives the finished brownie its nice and dense texture. In case you are wondering why the brownies don't look the same in the above photographs, they were two separte batches baked on different days ( one with regular cocoa and the other with dark cocoa).
Chocolate Brownies


Ingredients:


3/4 cup salted butter

4tbsp cocoa powder

2 eggs

1 cup light brown sugar (or white sugar)

1 cup sifted all purpose flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of baking powder

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)



Method:


Beat the eggs and sugar lightly with a wooden spoon, until well mixed.
Put the butter and cocoa powder in a heat proof bowl and mix, over a pan of boiling water, till the butter and cocoa becomes a smooth paste. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Add the cocoa-butter paste to the egg-sugar mixture and mix lightly. Now add the flour, baking powder, vanilla and chopped nuts. Fold lightly till everything is well mixed.

Pour the batter into a greased and lined 8” square tin. Bake at 190 for 20 to 30 minutes till the brownie is done. Allow to cool a bit, remove from the tin and finish cooling on a rack.
Cut and dust with powdered sugar if you prefer.

I have a 6” square tin which is what I use to make my brownies so they are little thicker than they should be. This recipe gives me 16 brownies.


Occasionally, I pour this batter into cupcake liners and bake them as cupcakes. This makes it much easier to pack and carry especially to give out as gifts.

I’m sending these brownies to DK of Culinary Bazaar for AWED: American.

27 comments:

Sunshinemom said...

The brownies looks delicious, Aparna! I too used to make these but preferred the chocolate one. probably because chocolate gives a more gooey feel while cocoa makes it cakeish, like you said! Its going to be a popular entry too:)

Divya Vikram said...

Looks moist and rich..i like the idea of making them like muffins..Hassle free..

Vij said...

Yummy brownied aparna! perfectly made! gr8 job girlie

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely Brownies,feels like eating it right away.I love walnuts in it.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely Aparna,I too love choclate.Love the brownies.I know they are tasty.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi aparna
the brownies have come out very well..there is a nice visual appeal.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

I would really love this cake as it has cocoa in it.. i am really tempted to try this one.. since it has eggs.. i am quite reluctant :(

Happy cook said...

I have never had brownies with cacao. Should try them.
This looks yumm. Yeah i too can't resist chocolates, just love them

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Cocoa in brownies, new. They looks so very soft and delicious.

sunita said...

Lovely brownies :-)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I love brownies and now you've got me thinking I need to make some as soon as I get home today. They look great!

lakshmi said...

its the unofficial chocolate week in the food blogosphere :)

the brownies look fantastic - i love their height!

Priya said...

Delicious Brownies Aparna...looks moist n rich in chocolate..lovely entry..

Kalai said...

Gorgeous and delicious, Aparna! I absolutely adore brownies!! :)

Simran said...

The look good. Do they still taste the same as real chocolate brownies?

Vanamala said...

So soft ... lovely

karuna said...

love the idea to bake them in muffin cups. nice and chocletey

Arundathi said...

the brownie muffins are a great idea! it looks all warm and chewy - lovely photo

Yasmeen said...

Truly American,Brownies are every kids and even adults favorite here:)

Passionate About Baking said...

Great great brownies Aparna...they look decadent. How many muffins/cupcakes do you get out of one batch of batter? I like the idea of doing that for a change.

Rosie said...

Just wonderful lush choccie brownies!! I love the idea of making cupcakes with the mixture :)

Rosie x

Aparna said...

Deeba,
I get 10 with this recipe, but you might get a couple more or less depending on the size of your cupcake or muffin tins.

Aparna said...

Well, we all love brownies. :D

Mahimaa,
You can replace the eggs with a substitute and bake them. I have made these using flax seeds and they come out quite well.


Simran,
They don't have the taste and texture of brownies with chocolate, which would be more moist and gooey. These are chocolatey and a bit cake-like but they are good in a slightly different way.

Bharti said...

I just read your comment about about the flax seed substitute for eggs. I still have to try that out, but yeah these cocoa brownies sound not too sinful but just enough to pacify the chocolate craving...perfect.

viji said...

it looks perfect & yummy

DK said...

Aparna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are killing me girl! Totally! Chocolate and nuts - I kill for ! Esp walnuts and chocolate I would catch a flight to India right now:) Love love this recipe..and thanks a bunch for sending these 'oh-my-god' droolworthy goodies my way.

Aparna said...

Thanks again.