Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A treat for the chocoholics.... The Cocoa Brownies...

One of my friend had told me about this blog, Kitchen Boffin, her sis-in-law's blog.
I checked it out recently and I must say its a really nice one...
When I go thru blogs, I like reading what they write... if it was just plain ingredients and the instructions to make it, its ok. Oh, there's nothing wrong with that.... getting right to the point it is. But when u start telling about how u came to making this or how ur family liked it or about taking pics for the blog etc etc, we kinda start liking the writer... and want to read more about what they write.. not just for the recipe :)
And this blog was one of those.... I loved reading her posts.... :)
Check her out if u haven't already :)

Anyway... getting back to cocoa brownies.. I got the recipe from her blog.
It's delicious!
What every chocoholics crave... an extremely chocolatey, fudgy brownie...


Here's the recipe:
- 10 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar
- 3/4 plus 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cold large eggs right out of the fridge
- 1/2 cup flour
- chopped cashew nuts for garnishing.... (she had used caramelized walnuts/almonds... I didnt have those so I used what I did have.. cashew nuts)

Here's how to bake it...
- Preheat the oven to 160 degree C.
- In a big heatproof bowl mix the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt... and set the bowl in a wide pan of barely simmering water. Stir the mixture from time to time until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Now make sure the mixture is warm (not hot)... add in the vanilla extract, eggs(one by one)... and stir till the batter looks thick, shiny and well blended.
- Add flour and stir to blend that in too, completely...
- Cover the inside bottom and sides of a square baking pan with foil paper...
- Pour the batter into it. Sprinkle the chopped cashew nuts on top..
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick plunged into the centre comes out slightly moist with batter.
- Let it cool completely....

And ta-daaaa, its ready!! Cut into squares or diamonds.. as u like....


Hmmm.. there was this issue I had with these particular brownies....

MIGRAINES :(

I never had it with any other chocolate cakes or fudges... not even with the death by chocolate cake which was totally totally chocolate...I'm not sure this is coz I'm prone to migraines.... or even if all migraine prone people would be affected the same way I was with these brownies. I think maybe it could be the almost coffee taste these had.... coffee smell and taste gives me migraines.... maybe... or maybe it was just me having migraines for no particular reason...

I didnt know what caused it. Anyway, I cut all the brownies down to 1 inch cubes, packed it up and gave it to my husband to give it off to his office mates...

They are soooo yummy... and anything chocolate always tempt me....
I hate migraines :(.... I made these brownies day before yesterday and have been having migraines for 3 days now... its better this morning.... but not completely gone :(

Maybe having them with vanilla ice-cream might cut down a bit on the intense cocoa taste??
Maybe...

5 comments:

  1. OMG!!!!! i would hav eaten it up bfo making it.....yammmmmmmmmmmmiiiiiiiiiiiii.............

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    1. You know Aswana, I was telling Shaimah to go to India via Dubai... I could have made some of these for u guys... but Shaimah didnt listen to me... she said, "Next time" :(

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