Brownies have been on my mind for days now. The Oooey Gooey oh-so-fudgy ones. I have been making them with cocoa powder with this very simple recipe and they come out great, but now wanted to go the melted chocolate route. A large bar of dark chocolate was staring at me from the shelf. Went hunting for recipes online, and the description of this recipe at BBC Good Food had me salivating!
‘A foolproof recipe for squidgy cake squares, studded with extra chunks of chocolate for extra decadence’ Oh my! Who wouldn’t be tempted? I adjusted the sugar a little and threw in a handful of coarsely chopped walnuts for some crunch. And served it with a dollop of whipped cream. I
They made for a jolly good dessert, these Double Chocolate Walnut Fudgy Brownies.
To experience gastronomic heaven you need :
185 grams butter, at room temperature ( I used Amul)
185 grams dark chocolate , chopped into little squares or grated
85 grams (2/3 cup) plain flour or Maida
40 grams (4 Tbsp) cocoa powder
100 grams of dark/milk/white chocolate (whichever you have at hand or a mix of all)
½ cup walnuts, chopped coarse
1 tsp vanilla extract
225 grams (about 1 cup) brown sugar ( can use white also)
In a microwave proof container melt the butter and 185 grams dark chocolate for a minute. Stir and melt for 30 seconds. Mix well and make sure all the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth creamy mix. Let cool to room temperature.
Whisk together flour and cocoa powder till well mixed. Sift them.
Line a 20×20 cm square tin with parchment paper and place a shelf in the middle of the oven. Pre heat the oven at 180C for 10-15 minutes.
Chop the 100 grams of chocolate into small chunks and keep aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar till the mixture doubles in volume and is light and pale like well- beaten coffee or milk shake. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla extract and gently fold in with a rubber spatula.
Add in the flour and cocoa mixture and fold in just till the white traces of flour disappear.
Stir in the chopped chocolate and walnuts.
Scrape the entire batter into the lined baking tin and level with the spatula.
Bake for 25 minutes. Check after 25 minutes and if the centre is very wobbly, bake for another 5 minutes. The top will be like shiny paper.
Remove and let cool completely. It is actually better if you make brownies a day ahead to cut nice neat squares.
My kids aren’t particularly patient and we moved the tin while it was still warm and hence the messy squares and cracked top.
In case you want the brownies a little less dense, add half tsp baking powder to the flour and cocoa mixture, sift and proceed as above.
Skip the walnuts if you want to
In case you do not want to add chocolate chunks, increase the sugar to 260 grams (about a cup and a half)