Monday, July 30, 2012

Chocolate brownies

Everyone in the world has eaten them. They are full of intense chocolaty goodness, fudgy on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. The gooiness of a brownie makes this dish stand out on the confectioner's shelf. Everyone has their own version of this recipe but my recipe include some extra goodies that take it up to another level of yumminess. In any brownie recipe, you must use a good quality dark chocolate, 60-70% cocoa solids to achieve that intense flavour. But, if it is easier you can use dark chocolate buttons or dark chocolate chips to make it easier.

 This recipe was inspired by my brothers cravings, once in a while they crave for something sweet and full of chocolate. This recipe fulfills their sugary craving and leaves them wanting more.

Brownie rules
1. Melt your chocolate slowly on a double boiler
2. You must use 60-70% dark chocolate to achieve perfection.
3. Taste a little bit of the raw brownie mix to see if it is sweet enough.
4. Do not add too many extra 'goodies' like fruits or nuts, just add the maximum of 2 ingredients.
5. Do not over cook your brownies or otherwise it will be dry.
6. Allow the brownies to cool down in the tray.

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease your small baking tray by rubbing a little butter around the pan.

2. In a small bowl place 200g of chopped dark chocolate and 100g of unsalted butter. Place on a double boiler to melt slowly.

3. Once the chocolate and butter has melt, allow to cool to room temperature. Place to one side.

4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and 125g of  dark muscovado sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Now with a spatula lightly fold the chocolate mixture into your egg mixture until smooth. Then sift through 100g of plain flour, 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tbsp of cocoa powder. Fold in all the dry ingredients, until smooth.

6. Add a small handful of flaked almonds or dried fruit into your brownie mix.

7. Pour your brownie mix into your prepared tray and bake for 30 minutes or until the top is slightly cracked. Enjoy!!

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