Eat them warm or cold, eat them iced or plain, eat them with chocolate chips or nuts, eat them with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, eat them when you are sad or happy, brownies make you happy every single time you eat them! I am yet to meet someone who hates brownies!
Every baker has his or her version of making these ambrosial chocolate treats! I am sharing a very easy-peasy recipe of brownie using cocoa powder. Not only can this recipe be made quickly but it is also literally a single bowl kinda recipe. I often bake it to satiate my late night sweet cravings ! Here you go:
- Butter – 175 g
- Caster Sugar – 1 cup
- Eggs – 3
- Vanilla essence – 1/2 tbsp
- Salt – a pinch
- Flour – 1/2 cup
- Cocoa Powder – 1/2 cup
- Chopped Walnuts – 1/2 cup
- Chopped Dark Chocolate – 100 g
- Vegetable oil – 2 tsp
- White chocolate for drizzle
- Measuring Cups
- Baking Tin
- Microwave Oven
- Convection Oven
Do it this way :
- Preheat the oven to 175 °C. Line a 7” x 7” pan with baking paper.
- Melt the butter in a microwave and whisk in the cocoa powder till a smooth and lump free mixture is formed.
- Whisk in eggs one by one followed by sugar and vanilla essence.
- Fold in the sifted flour and salt, followed by the chopped walnuts.
- Deposit the batter in to the prepared pan.
- Bake the brownies at 175 °C for 20-25 min or till done. Cool down.
- For the frosting, heat the chopped chocolate and the vegetable oil in a plastic bowl at a low setting till melted. Keep stirring and do not over heat as the chocolate can get scorched.
- Unmould the brownie on the serving platter and pour the frosting over. Spread with a spatula into an even layer. Allow the chocolate to set before cutting it into pieces. You can also drizzle melted white chocolate over frosting.
The hallmark of a good brownie is its fudge like texture. For this fudgy texture, slightly under-bake the brownie till the toothpick comes out not completely clean but with slight crumbs on it. You could also substitute walnuts with hazelnuts and the chocolate frosting with Nutella.
This is a very quick recipe, gets done in no time and if you open a box full of these brownies they get over lickety-split!