Monday, 9 February 2015

chocolate fudge brownies


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chocolate fudge brownies


This recipe for chocolate fudge brownies is so good I have made it twice in 5 days. This was was pointed out to me by my family and friends who were obviously struggling with the temptation (and their diets!). Anyway - I haven't made this recipe for at least 2 days now so I think they're OK for a while...maybe.

I came across this recipe when I was searching for one for brownies without butter. Not that I am adverse to using butter - I just didn't have enough in the house for my usual 'go to' recipe.

This is now possibly my favourite brownie recipe - quick and easy to put together and makes (in my opinion) the ultimate brownie. Fudgy, gooey and crispy on top. The only negative is that I cannot claim authorship of this recipe.  I have followed the recipe pretty much as was written by the fantastic Jessica in the Kitchen and must give her full credit and massive thanks for a fabulous recipe.  I can highly recommend it and her delicious blog!  

The only thing I would always do when baking brownies is use a dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage (at least 70%) and brown sugar for the fudgy flavour.  

variations: You can use coffee instead of water in the recipe for a mocha brownie or substitute 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts/pecans for the chocolate chips for a chocolate nut brownie. My personal favourite however is brownies with chopped Daim bars in it.  Sadly I didn't have any when I was making these last batches.  But next time...and there will be a next time...

preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 35 minutes

ingredients:
2 eggs
3/4 cup oil (plain tasting oil - vegetable/sunflower)
3/4 cup soft brown sugar
2 tbsp water (or strong brewed coffee if making mocha brownies)
1 cup dark chocolate (melted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain white flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup dark chocolate (chopped finely or chocolate chips)

(or substitute with a cup with chopped nuts, Daim bars, dried cherries...)

method:
  1. preheat the oven to 160C and grease and line a square 8x8 baking tin
  2. melt 1 cup of the dark chocolate in the microwave or over a bain marie - heat in 30 second bursts if using the microwave as chocolate can go from nearly melted to burnt very quickly!  
  3. add the eggs, oil, sugar, water, vanilla extract to a large bowl and whisk for a few minutes until light and fluffy
  4. add the melted chocolate and mix in
  5. fold in the rest of the ingredients then pour into your prepared baking tin
  6. bake for about 35 minutes.  They are done when set in the middle and a skewer comes out mostly clean
  7. leave to cool in the tin - be patient - these are crumbly when just out of the oven and need time to set
  8. when completely cool slice into portions and enjoy! Bon appetit!

I look forward to hearing how you get on and please feel free to share your own brownie recipes - I am always open to tried and tested baking suggestions...

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7 comments:

  1. We love brownies here too! It's so handy to have some recipes without butter for those need to bake moments when you don't have any butter in the house.

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    1. Very true. Do you have a favourite recipe too?

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  2. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing with us over at We Should Cocoa. My favorite brownie recipe is my Ultimate Deep Dish Brownies!

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    1. wow! Just the sound of that is delicious - will have to check it out. Thanks for hosting too :) Look forward to sharing more recipes...

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    1. Thank you - hope you give the recipe a go :)

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  4. Ooh how interesting, an oil based brownie, although come to think of it, I used coconut oil in mine - doh! Anyway, it looks like a good one to try, especially studded with bits of daim bar. Thanks for joining in with We Should Cocoa.

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