Having been born and brought up in Kerala and being from the GSB community,it is no wonder that I am kicked about Coconut.I've had numerous arguments with my non-malayali friends regarding the use of coconut oil exclusively for oiling hair.After all,the debate for the time being has come to a stand still what with The New York Times coming up with an article which gives Coconut Oil the much required Makeover.
Sometime back I saw a recipe for Coconut Brownies in Vanitha and as I was going through the recipe,there was a typo with regard to the amount of flour.I didn't want to the guess work and chose a basic Brownie recipe and tweaked it to make these Coconut Brownies.
Basic Brownie Recipe here
Butter - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2
Cocoa Powder - 1/3 cup
Flour - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - a pinch[skip if you are using salted Butter]
Chopped Cashews - 1/2 cup
Dessicated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Preheat oven to 170C.
Grease/line a 9' square baking pan.
Microwave the butter in a microwave safe bowl until melted[you can do this on stove top too].
Stir in the sugar and vanilla.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the cocoa,beat well until well blended.
Add the flour, baking powder and salt,beat well.
Stir in the nuts and the dessicated coconut.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
How did we like it -The brownies had a beautiful crust after baking and IMHO,that is a first brownie point[!].The flavor of coconut was not very dominant but the coconut flakes made it kind of chewy which we absolutely loved.I am planning to try adding shredded coconut by toasting it a bit before adding to the batter next time when I try it,that might give the brownies a more pronounced Coconut flavor.
Sending these Brownies across to my event The Best Brownie event and to Kerala Kitchen.
Update - Sometime back,I got a mail from Flipkart saying that they could not procure the book I had ordered[The Brownie book for the Giveaway].I tried getting it from some other sites too,but in vain.So unfortunately,I have to strike off that book from the Giveaway.
But worry not,I've got some other great choices for you.I have chosen 3 books from which you can make a choice if you win the Giveaway.They are
The Great Book of Chocolate By David Lebovitz
The Big Book of Baking by Parragon Publishers[I'd highly recommend this one!]
500 Cakes by Susannah Blake
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