Who likes chocolates.. raise your hand…. Alright that is a silly question.. In a room full of people only a sad case / or cocoa intolerant person would sit mum.. I have not come across the latter, so it has to be the former..
What I basically mean is that it is so bloody hard to not like chocolates.. I mean in between all my cooking, there is always that kit kat, that Hershey bar or lindt, you name it, I eat it… Yes, I am totally obsessed with chocolate and I can eat it any form, at anytime day or night…
But the best part about chocolate is when it goes into baking, I love anything sweet baked with chocolate and though cakes are good, the whole thing about chocolate brownies is just so tempting, I remember when Joanne Harris came out with chocolat, I could almost feel myself salivate in the bookstore..
This weekend, ergo Saturday, with all the grocery done, I needed comfort food and what better than double chocolate brownies and some pistachio ice-cream…
P loves chocolate as well and it was double whammy for him, he got his brownies Saturday night and Mutton curry on Sunday…
Recipe for the brownies: inspired from Anne’s Double Chocolate Brownies; I made my own changes, (cooks’s licence)
- 1.5 sticks of butter (170 gms of butter)
- 300gms of chocolate (bitter sweet, in the form of chips, if not bars would work)
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup of flour
- pinch of salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- pecans or walnuts
Fairly easy recipe, total of about 45-50 mins of preparation. Start with Preheating oven to 350F and Line a square cake pan with foil and allow excess to overhang pan edges. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Then melt the butter over the fire, add the chocolate and stir until melted and combined. Transfer to a large bowl and Let cool. Gently beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed until light and fluffy – about 3-5 minutes and set it aside. Whisk the cocoa into the chocolate batter. Add the flour and salt, whisk until well mixed and finally,fold in the egg mixture.
Bake for about 25 minutes. I baked mine for about 30-32 mins, this actually depends the type of oven you are using but roughly ranges between 25-35 mins.. Make sure you do not over bake or they become hard. The brownies should still be soft and moist. Once settled and cooled they will become fudgy. Serve them with chilled Hagen Dazz Pistachio Ice-cream or any flavour you wish…
P sneaked of be at about 2 and when he came back I asked him where were you, his answer, just needed some water, but even I could see the chocolate crumbs coated with ice-cream glistening on his chin…. 😀