Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How can something this simple be this hard!

Brownies by Bombay Foodie

Brownies are one of those recipes bakers are supposed to whip up in a jiffy. Grandmas make brownies. Why, even 5 year olds bake brownies. And yet, I've been disappointed with recipe after recipe.

Finally, I turned to the most trusted baking gurus of all. And finally, in Dorie Greenspan's classic brownies, I have a winner.

I halved the recipe and got six of these gorgeous creations. And let me tell you that this is the stuff brownie legends are made of. Fudgy but not overly so, gooey but not excessively, and not even too sweet. There's also a hint of coffee in there that somehow makes it more chocolate-y. I've finally found a keeper!

Update: Since so many of you asked, here's the recipe. Line a 7 X 4 inch dish with foil or parchment paper. Or use an 8 inch square dish and double the recipe to give you Dorie's original measures. Preheat the oven to 160 C or 325 F.

Measure out 35 grams butter and 85 grams chocolate (I used 70% dark, but even something lighter is fine). Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave, stir and continue to heat in 10-20 second increments until chocolate is fully melted. Add 3/8 cup powdered sugar. Wait until the mixture cools a bit, then whisk in one egg. Once its mixed in, add 1/2 tsp vanilla essence and 1/4 tsp instant coffee granules. Mix well, then fold in 1/6 cup flour. Don't be heavy handed here, only stir until the flour in just mixed in. Finally, mix in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts.

Pour into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is dry and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the dish comes out with only a few crumbs. If you get a clean toothpick, you overcooked your brownies so don't go too far. Wait for the brownies to cool before you unmold them. I cut mine into 6 brownies and Dorie says her original recipe will give you 16 pieces so I guess it depends on how big you make each piece.

6 comments:

Curry Leaf said...

Love love love these. Post the recipe please

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

You are tempting me, share the recipe please :)

Swati Sapna said...

Wow! It does look perfect and gorgeous and utterly brownie-like :D I tried a few recipes myself before settling with this one - http://theweekendepicurean.blogspot.com/2010/11/ode-to-brownies-how-did-i-live-without.html
the second recipe on the above page is a total winner!!
meanwhile, do share the recipe you used on the blog pls...

Prathibha said...

I m glad that you finally got ur brownie recipe!!!

mumbai foodie said...

Nice tips thanks . Will try it when i get the courage to try cooking again (after all the flops)

Mama's World said...

Yummy!!!

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