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June 14, 2012

Trying a new brownie recipe was good

My cousin Joy was home for the weekend. We don't see her often as she lives 3 hours away.  To give her a welcome treat, I baked her brownie. Not the kind I usually do but a new recipe I got off the internet. I tweak the recipe a little to appeal to our taste buds and it did not let us down!


5 ounces (150 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped
1/2 cup   (113 grams) unsalted butter diced
2 tablespoons (15 grams) instant decaffeinated coffee or cocoa powder
1 cup (180 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (125 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips or any nuts  of your choice (optional)

Here's how I did it. An hour before I made brownies, I took the chocolate and butter out of the fridge to soften.The softer the butter and chocolate, the faster and easier  to melt them.

I rubbed butter around the pan and lined the bottom with parchment paper.

I melted the butter and chocolate together in a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water.

I let the chocolate mixture cool down a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients.  I did this by stirring it often.

I added  instant decaf coffee into the chocolate mixture.

And the sugar.I whisked it vigorously until the sugar had dissolved

I whisked in the egg one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then I added the vanilla.

Finally, I stirred in  the flour, salt and chocolate chips or nuts depending on what you like in your brownie. I gave it a good one-minute vigorous stirring to create a rich, creamy and thick batter.

I divided the batter into two portions. One portion went into a 7 x 11 pan and the other into a mini-muffin pan. I baked it at 180 Degrees C. Baking time for the 7 x 11 pan was about 25 -30 minutes. I baked the ones in the muffin pan 8- 10 minutes.

Soon as I removed the miniature brownie from the oven, the three of us dove in.

The fun was in scooping a brownie out of a muffin pan.

I let the one in the pan cool completely.

I chilled then sliced the brownie into a one-inch thick squares. Right before devouring, an idea struck me.

Next entry is coming right up......

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