I’m all for healthy eating, but there are some things in life that are best relished unhealthy. Also, when you have your share of kale, chia, avocados, walnuts, salmon, dark chocolate on a fairly regular basis, it is legitimate to treat yourself to pizzas, burgers, french fries, ice cream, cheesecake and brownies every once in a while.
Since I have never done a ‘recipe’ post before; what’s better than to start with my favorite: deep, dark, rich, fudgy Chocolate Brownies. I’ve not come across a single child (or adult) who does not enjoy a good brownie, so a tray of these goodies make an excellent gift for any special occasion as well as an ideal evening or mid-night snack for oneself.
Coming up with the ‘perfect’ recipe or one that I was happy with has involved a lot of experimentation (read: failures) over the years. For example, while I initially thought those using melted chocolate were the ultimate, I recently realized that brownies are best made the old-school way; i.e. with cocoa powder. Also, being fuss-free, this recipe itself is all of 3 steps: wet ingredients, dry ingredients, combine & bake: as simple as that, really.
100 gms salted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts/chocolate chips (optional)
- In a bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until they blend well while taking care not to overwork the mixture. At this stage, you can stir in walnuts/chocolate chips should you wish.
- Spread the batter on to a cake dish that has been lined with aluminum foil and greased with butter. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 175 degrees C. While inserting the toothpick to check for the readiness of the brownies, it should not come out clean, rather with crumbs on it.
If you follow the recipe to the T, I promise it will not disappoint. Most importantly, these are way cheaper than the store-bought ones while being equally satisfying, if not more.
Do drop me a line, good or bad if you happen to try them!