So,the Mayan calendar didn't work after all and we are well into 2013 before even we blinked our eye.Time seems to have flown past without our knowledge,I mean isn't it only few days back we wished each other a Happy New Year,apparently,that was a year back!
No New year is complete without a sweet start.Ok,the resolutions on one side and a sweet platter of Brownies on one.I have no doubt which one I am going to choose.Resolutions are so passé:)
I have lost count of how many go-to brownie recipes I have these days.For a while I did stick to baking only these but now I am open to any recipe which claims to be rich,dark and fudgy.A while back,when Ria was in town,she gave us a small goodie bag which had a slice of these delicious brownies.I loved the crusty top and soft and gooey insides and fell in love with brownies all over again.
I had started out thinking I'm gonna bake those,but owing to the quantity of butter(especially after the xmas and New year binge!)stuck to this one.This one is no fat-free recipe from any angle,but you know;))
Dark Fudgy Brownies
Recipe source - Dessert First
Dark Chocolate - 150 gms
Milk Chocolate - 90 gms
Butter - 75 gms
Instant Coffee powder - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Dark cocoa powder - 3 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Flour - 1/3 cup
Chocolate chunks - 1/3 cup
Walnuts - 1/4 cup,chopped
Preheat oven to 180C.Grease and line an 8' square baking tin.
In a micro-proof bowl,melt both the chocolates for 1 minute on full power(alternately,you can follow the double boil method).
Mix in the butter and microwave again for 1 minute on full power.
Mix in the coffee powder and beat well till you get a smooth glossy mixture.If any chocolate chunks remain,microwave again at 30 second intervals.
Keep aside to cool.
In another bowl,beat together eggs,vanilla and sugar till thick and light in colour.
Mix in the cocoa powder,salt and flour to combine.
Add the melted and cooled chocolate-butter mixture and stir till you get a smooth,thick batter.
Stir in the chopped chocolate and walnuts and pour into the prepared baking tin.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.Do not over bake.
Let it cool on a wire rack or even better if you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour and cut it to get neat,even slices.
Just before you serve,microwave the brownies for 15 seconds to get a gooey,rich brownie which has 'sin' written all over it:)
Any mention of Brownie reminds me of my darling niece who flips on the same and thinks "Dipachi'(as she calls me) makes the best brownies in the world.Only kids can think like that,I feel:).No visit to Bangalore is complete without a batch of brownies baked for the darling candy in my life.She celebrates her birthday today and I wish her all the happiness in the world with a huge batch of brownies going her way:).
Happy Birthday Meghana!