Chocolate Brownies

Rich, Cakey, Chocolatey Goodness!

I bet you are smiling already. 🙂

This is one thing I have found hard to resist. Even though they are easy to make at home, next time I would rather buy them by the piece just to keep my weight loss goal on track. I found couple of recipes with slight variations in amount of chocolate, cocoa powder and eggs used. The one I used came from my colleague’s mom. She has been baking these brownies for last 50 years, how wonderful is that! I think i did a good justice to her recipe and made them more special by baking them on Valentine’s day.

Chocolate Brownies

Yields – 16 big pieces
Ingredients

5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick)unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 tb spoon cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Equipment : 9inch Square Baking pan

Method
Preheat the oven to 350F /180 C. Line the baking tray with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate and the butter over simmering water. Set it aside.
Remove from the heat and stir in cocoa powder and sugar.
Next whisk in vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time; beating well after each egg addition. Finally fold in the flour and salt, making sure you don’t over mix the batter. Add in chocolate chips and walnuts. You will notice that the metled chocolate becomes hard to work with once eggs and flour are added, but that’s okay.

Transfer this mixture to the baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Pull out and let them cool for at least 40 minuts on a wire rack to get well defined pieces. Well, I dugged in immediately, nothing tastes better than warm chocolate brownie on a perfect rainy evening!

The Secret
The time you take out the brownies out of the oven is very crucial. A few minutes could turn rich moist brownies into hard ones. Test with a toothpick or a skewer inserted into the middle, it should come out sticky with a little batter and a moist clumps clinging to it. If it comes out clean, you have overbaked them.

Sending this to Rasi’s I am the Star

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

What could be a better occasion than your hubby’s birthday to bake a chocolate cake? It had been a while since I baked a cake. I am a big fan of Ina Garten and I had watched this show when she made this mouth watering cake. She said she practically begged her friend Michael to give her the recipe, which is originally his grandmother’s. She also tells her secret ingredient which make the cake even more chocolaty.

I am glad I chose this recipe. We all enjoyed it. The texture was just perfect and the secret ingredient did its magic.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

I am not gonna chalk out the recipe this time, it’s best told by my favorite  Ina Garten.

Here is a link to the actual video and the recipe – Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake by Ina Garten

It’s little messy to make a chocolate cake at home especially when you don’t have those big mixing equipments, but as she says that’s the best part of this cake! So enjoy this yummy cake.

Happy Holidays!