Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Chocolate Glazed Brownies

Chocolate on Chocolate!
Big Pete loves two kinds of desserts. He loves chocolate cakes of all kinds and chocolate cookies, that's it. All the other desserts I make he turns his nose up to.

This one is all for you Big Pete!

This is a simple brownie made in one bowl, mixed by hand and baked. If you are not a baker a brownie recipe is the easiest thing to try.

You will need:
  • 4 oz chopped unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar 
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp best quality vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour 
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 oz chopped semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp water
9 x 9 inch baking pan or 7 x11 brownie pan 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F

Step 1: lightly butter and flour baking pan, tapping out extra flour. Set aside

Step 2: in a large microwaveable bowl put in chopped chocolate and chopped butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir once or twice. 

Step 3: microwave again for 40 seconds and stir a few times. It should look like this picture. The butter is melted and the chocolate might almost be melted completely. Stir a few times. If not completely melted,  microwave a third time for 20 seconds.

Step 4: stir until completely melted and incorporated.

Step 5: add sugar into hot chocolate and mix until well blended.

Step 6: add eggs, vanilla, espresso powder mix until incorporated well.

Step 7: add chopped nuts, flour, salt, baking powder and mix just until all flour is absorbed.

Step 8: pour into prepared pan, spreading evenly.

Step 9: bake 25-30 minutes. Do not over bake! Brownies are like cookies, it's far better to under bake a brownie or a cookie by a couple of minutes rather than over bake. 
If you like a chewier brownie bake 25 minutes, if you like a cakey brownie bake 30 minutes.

Cool in pan 10 minutes then flip on cookie rack to cool. 

Step 10: in a bowl add chocolate chips, butter and water. Melt in microwave for 30 seconds, stir and if necessary add  back to microwave for another 10 seconds. Stir until smooth.

I like to slice off the edges to make perfect pieces and serve on a lovely plate drizzled with as much glaze as you like. Add some ice cream to take it over the top! 

They store well in a sealed container on the counter for a few days or you can freeze them individually wrapped without the glaze. When you want a brownie you can take out what you need. You can also save the edges you cut off and keep them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. The next time you want a brownie parfait add the brownie chunks to a glass, some ice cream, the glaze and you have another dessert with the same components.

1 comment:

  1. I can understand why big Pete would adore these.
    Tell me, how are you watching your weight?? just fantastic