Brownies are one of our most favourite desserts and we like them better than cakes since you don’t need any additional frosting and you can have it on its own. Every time we go out to a restaurant we just have to order them for dessert. Everyone from kids to adults love them and I’m sure you do too. They are definitely hard to resist.
My mouth waters at the very mention of the word brownie and it was the very first thing that I tried baking back in 2010. However, they didn’t turn out very well as they looked more like a cake than a brownie and I was very disappointed. The recipe promised a nice crinkly crust on the top and the ones that I made looked nothing like that. I was new to baking and I had no clue what I had done wrong. I know that I had reduced quantities of a recipe and used it but obviously I hadn’t done it correctly.
What I didn’t know back then was that you have to use lesser amounts of flour while making brownies than you do while making cakes and I had used more. I realised that brownies can be a little tricky to make as you have to get the ingredients right for it to turn out perfectly. I also got to know that there are different types of brownies such as cakey, fudgy, chewy etc. and there are different recipes to make a perfect version of each type. Anyways I kept searching and trying out recipes from various sites and I have saved a brownie recipe from every possible baking site.
Each one has their own preference as to which type of brownie they like. That’s why I don’t think there is anything such as a perfect recipe for brownies. Since I prefer fudgy brownies I’m sharing the recipe for Chocolate Walnut Fudge Brownies which is from a book ‘Good Eating Baking’ that I got some time back. I found it really simple to follow and it worked out for me.
You will get to enjoy really moist and fudgy brownies that melt in the mouth and which have the perfect crunch from the walnuts. The combination of walnuts and chocolate is simply fantastic and adds a depth of flavour to the brownies. And no need to be alarmed by the amount of sugar used here, as it is needed to give the nice crusty top that brownies are supposed to have. The dark chocolate and the walnuts help to balance out the sweetness. If you are not a fan of walnuts you can replace them with any other nuts like hazelnuts, pecans etc.
It is delicious on its own and you can serve it warm with a cold glass of milk or with some vanilla ice cream. You should definitely go and make them!
Preparation: 10 mins Cooking: 30 mins Cooling time: 20 mins Total:1 hour
- 115gms dark cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
- 115gms butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
- 300gms castor sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 140gms plain flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 100gms walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 180 C for at least 10 minutes. Grease and line a square tin (about 20 cm) with parchment/grease-proof/ butter paper.
- Melt the butter and chocolate by using the double boiler method or in a microwave.
Double boiler method: This is done by placing a heat-proof bowl on top of a saucepan which is filled with about 5 cm of water. Once the water bubbles up, the steam will help to melt the butter and chocolate in the bowl.
Using a microwave: Place butter and chocolate in a heat proof microwave bowl and melt on a medium heat for 20 seconds. Keep removing the bowl and stirring the mixture so that the chocolate melts evenly. Repeat till the chocolate is fully melted and of a smooth consistency.
- Once the chocolate is melted, set it aside to cool.
- Now add the vanilla and sugar to this mixture and stir well. Add the eggs one at a time, and stir until well combined.
- In another bowl sift the flour and the cocoa powder and stir it into the above mixture. Fold it gently until forms a smooth batter.
- Chop the walnuts and add them into the mixture, then pour the batter into the lined tin and smoothen it out with the back of a spoon. You can sprinkle some walnuts on top as well.
- Bake for around 30 minutes at 180 C or until they are done. To know if they are done, insert a toothpick in the center and if it comes out with moist crumbs, that means it is done. They will have a nice crust on top but will be soft and fudgy in the middle.
- Leave the brownies to cool for 20 minutes, and then cut them into squares. You could sprinkle some icing sugar on top if you want.
- You can reduce the amount of sugar if you like but it is needed to give the nice crusty top that brownies are supposed to have.
- I have used a 9 inch round cake tin as I did not have a brownie tin. But the shape didn’t really matter since the brownie turned out pretty good.
- I have used walnuts here but you use any other ingredients like hazelnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, marshmallows, oreo cookies, etc..the list is endless so get creative 😉