Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Delightful Cocoa Brownies


This has been really busy month apart from the little break i got when i went home. It was a small, two day trip i had been planning for long and it went really well...better than planned :). It was Fathers Day and my parents were meeting someone special in my life for the first time :) and these brownies proved to be absolutely lucky.



Delightful Cocoa Brownies
Adapted from Alice Medrich on Bon Appetit

Ingredients

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder ( i used 1/2 cup natural unsweetened and 1/4 cup special dark  cocoa from Hershey's)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, chilled
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brandy
1 cup almonds, cashews and raisins ( inspired by obviously Cadbury's Fruit n Nut Dairy Milk : ))

  • Preheat the oven to 165°C and line a baking tray with butter paper and fold the sides leaving 2-inch overhang 
  • Put butter in a heat proof and set it over a large cooking pan with simmering water. When butter melts, stir in the cocoa and 1/4 sugar. Remove the bowl from the pan and let the mixture cool
  • In a separate bowl, beat together remaining sugar and eggs until light and fluffy
  • Add vanilla extract, brandy to the eggs and sugar mixture and then add in the prepared cocoa and butter mix (the cocoa mix will be gritty once it cools down)
  • Using a wooden spoon beat the mixture vigorously and when the mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended
  • Using a spatula mix in the nuts ( i saved half to sprinkle from top to get crunchy and toasted nuts)
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter
  • Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them into small squares (or eat one with hot with cup of coffee which i did :) in case you can't resist)

The brownies were absolutely fantastic and i can vouch for their yumminessss :). Dad and my uncle loved them and were extremely happy as these were loaded with their favourite nuts. 

Storage: These can be prepared in advance like i did and stored in air tight container. These should stay good for 2-3 days only if they last for so many days :)

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