Friday, 19 December 2008

Chocolate and Walnut Brownie






The brownies, also refered to as a Boston brownie, are a dense squares of chewy chocolate cake, usually containing nuts, named after its color. Brownies comes in all kinds of sizes and shapes and sometimes glazed with fudge and often containing nuts, chips, peanut butter etc. Brownies are simple to bake and is often used as an example recipe for novice chefs and bakers.

It was my Hubby's B'Day and thought to bake a Brownie this time instead of Cake. Since Rahul is not so fond of Walnuts, I have also added Almonds along with Walnuts in the Brownie. Brownies also goes well as a delicious dessert for Christmas Parties.

Instead of baking them in traditional way, I have tried to introduce few shortcuts and make it simple, and the result was dark, nutty and moist Brownie.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Maida (Plain Flour / Self Raising Flour)
3/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
2 Tablespoons of Coffee
1 Tablespoon Hot Water
1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Large Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanila Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts and Almonds
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips


Method:

1. Combine Butter and Coco powder in a bowl. Instead of following the traditional method of melting butter and cocoa on a double boiler, I have placed the bowl in a Microwave only for 1 Minute. Once the butter is melted remove it from the microwave and mix the butter with Cocoa well and see to it there are no lumps. It should be a smooth batter.

2. In a bowl break the eggs and add sugar to it. Use a hand blender and whisk the eggs and sugar together with the blender. Whisk the eggs till the mixture becomes double in size. One can increase the amount of sugar if one prefers more sweetness.

3. Since I prefer bitter Brownie, I have combine coffee and hot water and added to the butter and cocoa mixture.

4. Now combine the Egg and sugar mixture with the butter and Cocoa mixture. Add Vanila extract and mix both the mixture properly. Hand blender comes to my rescue, I have mixed both the mixture with the help of the blender. Keep this mixture aside.

5. Now in a big deep bowl, sieve Maida, baking powder and salt together. Now add the dark chocolate combined mixture in the flour. Fold the flour with chocolate mixture and while folding the mixture add chopped nuts and chocolate chips in between. If you cannot find chocolate chips add grated dark chocolate bar or chunks. Remember to fold the mixture in one direction.

6. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease the Square baking tray or place a grease proof paper or Butter paper. Pour the batter in the tray, sprinkle few chopped nuts and chocolate chips on top, I have sprinkled chopped almonds as it gives nice nutty look to the brownie once it is baked. Bake the mixture for about 25 - 30 Minutes or when you pierce the tip of the knife and it comes out clean or there are cracks on the top of the mixture.



7. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. Then cut in to small square pieces. Brownies are best served when they are warmed and accompanied with cold vanila ice cream. The warm chocolate brownie compliments the cold ice cream.





The Other goodies prepared for the B'Day Boy will be posted soon.

This is my entry for my very own Christmas Feast Event





and Baking for Beginners event

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Hema of Adlak's Kitchen has celebrated her 100th Post and she has showered upon me Best Blogger Friend Award, Thnak you Hema, I am really thankful to you.






30 comments:

Cham 19 December 2008 at 17:05  

I love the coffee flavor in choc browni... Looks very moist!

JZ @ Tasty treats 19 December 2008 at 17:33  

hmm, the brownies look delicious and moist..Dont know why but I've never made them at home and rarely eat them!! But sure do looove em.

Congrats on ur award, Purva!

Thanks for sending the brownies to my event!

Mahimaa's kitchen 19 December 2008 at 17:46  

oh they look so good purva. am hungry for a brownie.

Happy cook 19 December 2008 at 18:33  

Wow wish i had atleast one slice.
They look so yumm.
Thankyou for sending this to me event.

Malar Gandhi 19 December 2008 at 19:23  

Brownie is my fav' sweet, topped with vanila luv it....color looks deep and rich, very inviting....btn abt x-mass event, I am not a good or even average baker, dear. Moreover taking a vacation now....so hardly go to kitchen! Will participate sometime in future.....any other comfortable event, I promise!

Usha 19 December 2008 at 22:00  

Brownie looks moist and delicious, I love to have brownies with vanilla ice cream, it is an unbeatable combination :-)

Curry Leaf 19 December 2008 at 23:10  

Choco + Walnut = Perfect .Addition of coffee is more heavenly and superhit in any party.Perfect entry.

Thanks for the comment on the bread.Some other items are also coming up.I will email these together b4 the ending date.Hope its ok.Thanks

Chandani 19 December 2008 at 23:31  

wish i could grab one(or more)!!!

Sukanya Ramkumar 20 December 2008 at 02:50  

Brownies looks so perfect. Nice recipe. That ice cream over the brownies, that is my fav combo. YUM! YUM!

Uma 20 December 2008 at 05:38  

looks lovely Purva! Mouth-watering.

Priya 20 December 2008 at 09:50  

WOWW gorgeous brownies purva..would love to have them rite now...delicious!!!

Shama Nagarajan 20 December 2008 at 11:10  

brownies look awesome.....love it

Navita 21 December 2008 at 11:56  

hey thanks for stopping by Purva...loved ur brownies too! I can have them all day long..lol

anudivya 22 December 2008 at 02:21  

This is totally gorgeous! With some cold ice cream, would be perfect anytime of the day!

Suma Rajesh 22 December 2008 at 02:58  

love chocolate flavour soo muc so do my little kiddo...nice entry 4 the event..

Vij 22 December 2008 at 06:59  

yummy! lovely chocy browny look... gr8 pics too

Trupti 22 December 2008 at 14:18  

hey Purva, brownie mastch disat aahe.

Ag me 1 Dec la aale pan maza laptop kharab zala aahe tyamule mala sagalya blogs na regular visit deta yet nahi..

Congratulations on award

Happy Holiday!! Mag holiday cha kay plan aahe?

Trupti 22 December 2008 at 20:22  

Hot brownies and cold milk are a favorite of mine and the kiddos....I liked the idea of almonds in it too.....it would be a nice change,

happy holidays!

trupti

DEESHA 22 December 2008 at 21:53  

looks very nice purva, i love brownies ..

Kitchen Flavours 23 December 2008 at 04:56  

Wow yummylicious brownies and nice combo with ice cream.

notyet100 23 December 2008 at 06:04  

brownies,..look so yum,....nd so perfect,...

Shreya 23 December 2008 at 11:13  

hi, amazing brownie! Congrats on the award, Purva. Love the brownies, I have only bought them always. Perfect for the season:-)

Jaishree 24 December 2008 at 12:37  

Wow!the brownies look delicious and moist..Nice recipe with gr8 pics.
Merry Christmas to you &to your fmly:)

Uj 25 December 2008 at 01:42  

yummy brownies. I never got around making them. Thanks bookmarked to try soon :D

Adlak's tiny world 27 December 2008 at 03:52  

sso perfect and tempting choco with nuts... i wish to have the whole plate for me right now....

Vij 27 December 2008 at 05:36  

Wish you a happy new year! May all your dreams come true.

cheers
Vij

notyet100 28 December 2008 at 13:10  

wish u happy new yr purva,..:-)

Soma 29 December 2008 at 14:28  

These look realy good yaar. I liked the use of coffee to the brownies. always in for the flavor of coffee.
happy new year to you!

Sukanya 2 January 2009 at 00:58  

Ice cream and Brownies are my favorite combo....Lovely recipe.

sunshinemom 10 January 2009 at 07:30  

That was heaven - vanilla ice cream over chocolate brownies! Looks delicious, Purva:)

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