Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chocolate Brownie (Cocoa based)

This almost turned out to be a disaster because the sugar just refused to melt and I had a sticky mass of butter and cocoa powder. What should have taken about 15 minutes to make took more than an hour as we battled to have the sugar melt into some kind of semblance of what it usually does. Something definitely wrong with that batch of sugar I bought - not from the usual supermarket, so I guess I'm not going back to the neighbourhood kirana wala for sugar anytime soon now.

Coming to the recipe, this is one of my favourite recipes for a deliciously decadent brownie - this is not a very gooey brownie though, its a little chewy but soft and the coffee (which is my addition) adds a lovely rich flavour to it. This recipe is adapted from this blog which itself is an adaptation from Alice Meidrich's Bittersweet and has a mint adaptation to it. I also like this recipe because it uses cocoa powder which I almost always have at home, as opposed to chocolate which I may or may not have at hand.

I usually put in walnuts but this time since I was a bit doubtful about the sugar which had not melted properly, I decided not to waste nuts in case this turned out to be a disaster. But I had promised chocolate chips when we started baking so my daughter insisted on it and they went in. I would go with the nuts though, the chocolate chips in a chocolate brownie is rather a lost cause but who's to argue with a 6 year old!

This batch was demolished quite swiftly - its almost addictive once you taste that lovely, dark chocolate flavour and one can go on eating it. Easy to whip up - this is a must try.

Chocolate Brownie
Butter - 1/2 cup (I used salted butter so omitted any salt in the recipe, if using unsalted, I would add about 1/2 tsp of salt)
Sugar - 1 cup (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
Cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
Instant Coffee powder - 2 tbsp
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Eggs - 2
Maida (all purpose flour) - 1/2 cup
Chocolate chips - 1/2 cup (can be substituted partly or wholly with walnuts)

1. Combine the sugar, butter and cocoa powder in a vessel and place in another pan containing water which is simmering. (The next time I would just use softened butter and combine it with powdered sugar and cocoa powder till smooth and shiny.) Mix with a wooden spoon till melted and well blended.
2. Take off heat and cool slightly till just warm. Add the vanilla essence Dissolve coffee powder in  1/4 cup of boiling water and cool. Add to the sugar butter mixture.
3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Then add the flour and beat till just combined with a wooden spatula.
4. Fold in the nuts or chocolate chips and pour into a tray which has been covered with aluminum foil.
5, Bake in a pre heated oven at 180C for about 20-25 minutes. Remove when the toothpick inserted comes out not completely dry but just a bit moist inside.
6. Cool completely and cut into squares. Depending on the size of the squares you could get upto 15-20 pieces. I cut them small and got about 20 pieces.


Arch said...

Yum !!

Sayantani said...

I love nuts in this, especially walnuts brownies are fav at home. these look the skin formed on the top.

Nupur said...

They look so good! Ever since I discovered Medrich's best cocoa brownies recipe, I've tried no other. To my taste, these are the perfect brownies.

sra said...

What kind of a sugar is it that doesn't melt - have never heard of that happening! I would have melted into tears, stuck as I would have been with a mess of butter and cocoa powder. Bah!

indosungod said...

I never seem to be able to make brownies that stay together. Mine mostly crumble but they get eaten all the same.

Hopefully the sugar was really sugar :)

indosungod said...

I never seem to be able to make brownies that stay together. Mine mostly crumble but they get eaten all the same.

Hopefully the sugar was really sugar :)

Anita said...

These addictive chocolately things are what I am trying to stay away from! They are good for you though!

So instead, I baked a regular coffee-flavoured cake this weekend! :-)

Arpana said...

Yummylicious they were and how! The proof....I had double helpings!! Thanks for posting the recipe, does look easy enough for me :)

Vaishali said...

Miri, you are killing me with that picture of luscious brownies. I think I need to cook up a batch soon, just to stay sane! :)

Cynthia said...

You know that I am not really a lover of sweet things but this brownie is tempting.

Anonymous said...

This brownie recipe looks good. I'll give it a go shortly as any cakes, etc disappear very quickly in this house!