Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fruity Chocolate Brownies

The brownie first appear in public during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. This dessert was created for ladies attending the fair. It should be smaller than apiece of cake and easily eaten from boxed lunches. The brownies is sliced from a type of dense, rich chocolate cake, which is in texture like a cross between a cake and a cookie. They can be either fudgy or cakey depending on their density. Nuts, chocolate chips or dried fruits may also be include in.

So, back to this brownies. This is a brownie with dry cracked crust, so don't worry when you see those cracks. Those cracks are the symbol of your success.. he he.. :D. Besides the dry cracked crust, this beauty has a wonderful moist texture and deep chocolate flavours of course.. emm.. fudgy or cakey, you ask me.. I would say cross of fudgy and cakey. Why you should try this brownies recipe? It only uses 1 bowl and a hand whisk or spatula.

Baking brownies can be a challenge too. Unlike cake, you don't want the tester to come out clean. If the tester comes out clean, then, that means you have overbake the brownies. So, please use baking time stated as a guide only and test your brownies (in the centre) few minutes before end time. Your brownies are done when the tester still has a little batter sticking to it.

  • 225g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 120g butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room tempreture
  • 2/3 cup (95g) plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup mixed dried fruits or more 

  1. Preheat oven at to 180 degree celcius. Grease and line baking paper a 20cm square pan. 
  2. Melt the chocolate pieces and butter in a alrge stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan with simmering water. 
  3. Once the chocolate and butter have melted, remove from heat at stir in cocoa powder and sugar.
  4. Next, whisk in vanilla extract and egg, one at a time. beat well after each addition. 
  5. Then, stir in flour, salt and dried mixed fruits. 
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until the tester inserted in the centre comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  7. Remove from oven and let it cool at wire rack. 
  8. Serve at room tempreture or chilled. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

  • Although the recipe call for adding mixed dried fruits you could substitute with chopped nuts or chocolate chips.

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