Want to be a Contributor?

Send an email to Heather at gourmetdiyshanghai@gmail.com and I will send you an invite to be a coauthor.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fudge Brownies

Goodness! It has been a crazy summer! We had to move (twice!-don't ask, long story) in the middle of the July heat. There have been a couple big projects come up that I had not anticipated! And then there has been the crazy summer schedule of playdates, modeling jobs and getting the kids registered and ready for school. And then major VPN issues again!! But the boys have both started school and I'm down to one child during the day, it's time to dust off the old blog and start posting again!

After this recipe you will never need to buy a brownie mix again! It's that good! And the best part is that everything in it should be a pantry staple(my favorite kind of recipe- means you can pull off a quick dessert if you have someone unexpectedly come over)

You can dress up these brownies a lot of different ways. I sprinkled some mint chips on the ones I made, but you could add anything: walnuts, pecans, dried cherries, extra chocolate chips, caramel sauce, etc. You can serve these with ice cream or cut them up to use as a base for a trifle (My favorite is a brownie, raspberry, and whipped cream trifle- yum, I'm drooling now).

You'll notice in the ingredients list that the recipe calls for one egg and one egg yolk. Don't be fooled into thinking you can just add two whole eggs. After many brownie trials I can tell you that if you add two whole eggs your brownies will be more dry, more cake like. Egg whites have a tendency to dry out baked goods, where as egg yolks add moisture. So if you are looking for that truly awesome fudgey texture, follow the recipe exactly!

1/3(80ml) cup cocoa
1/3(80ml) cup melted butter
1(200g) cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3/4 (90g) cup flour
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) baking powder
1/2 tsp(2.5ml) salt
1/2 tsp(2.5ml) vanilla

In a large bowl, add cocoa,
and melted butter.
Stir cocoa and butter together until smooth.

Add sugar
and mix until completely incorporated into cocoa mixture.
Add egg and egg yolk and stir until combined,
Add flour

 baking powder
 and salt
 Stir until just combined.
 Stir in vanilla.
* Can also add nuts (pecans, walnuts, or even dried cherries, etc) to the batter at this point. Or sprinkle on top.
 Grease square pan. (8x8 will give you thicker brownies-9x9 slightly thinner brownies)

 Spread brownie mix in pan
 *You can add chopped nuts, or chocolate or chocolate chips at this point.
 I had some mint chips so I just threw some on.
 Bake at 180 C for 20-25 minutes or until knife or toothpick comes out clean.
Serve to your admiring fans!!!