Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Chocolate brownies 101

As promised ...These are the best brownies I have tasted ,made from scratch and easy to make (if 1 you follow the directions . Very rich and decadent but so, so good.
  • 150g butter (melted)
  • 1 cup Nestle Baking cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar (I used caster sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pkt (250g) of white choc bits (I only used 100g each of white and 100g milk ...skimping on chocolate in no way affected taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 160 °C (see hint below to write the degree symbol in html ...too easy).Line an 18cm x 28cm lamington tin with baking paper (I lined it right up the sides ,makes it easy to lift out and nothing sticks).
  2. Melt butter and stir in NESTLE Baking cocoa. Cool slightly (though the white choc bits will disguise the eggy bits if you forget)
  3. Beat in eggs. STIR in sugar & vanilla (DO NOT TRY TO BEAT it makes a big mess trust me on this )
  4. Sift flour and baking powder together, add to cocoa mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Stir through 250gms choc bits ( white, white / milk or dark whatever )
  6. Spoon mixture into tin , evenly it is quite thick.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 mins or until just firm when pressed in the centre.It will be moist and slightly chewy. Cook a little longer (5 mins) if you prefer a more cake like brownie or crunchier sides (watch carefully so they not burnt).
  8. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes (if you can wait that long) before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve cut into squares (or chunks of your choice) dusted with icing sugar /baking cocoa if so desired.
  9. Warning it is too good to share but ...of course you will or else !
  10. Serve alone or warm with icecream/cream and top with flaked chocolate.
I found this recipe on the Nestle baking cocoa tin ...but couldn’t find it on the Nestle website. I found this other similar and very easy recipe. Caramel choc pecan brownies
Next time I want to try adding walnuts ... and then Pecans and/or caramel or I’ll just use the above recipe.
For the diet conscious try this one Chocolate brownies ...warning I haven't tested this yet.

How do you type Celsius ° character symbol in html - & deg ; no spaces

or find it on the character map in your computer start/accessories/system tools/character map ...copy and paste.
My Sister in law just got back from 6 weeks in USA and she said they have a super brownie pan she wished she had of bought ...I want one too now.
I hope I can convince my mum to bring two home for us when she comes home from her Canada/US trip.
Sorry no cut brownie pictures because we ate them so fast ! It says serves 20 ...they are kidding me !

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