Friday, September 10, 2010

Cocoa Brownies

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I’ve tried a lot of different brownie recipes in the last few months, but my all-time favorite recipe continues to be this one that I spotted on Dessert First almost 2 years back.

I made these cocoa brownies last night inspired by what I saw on Nupur’s One Hot Stove. Nupur, in turn, had been inspired by something she’d come across on Smitten Kitchen. I’ve made a few changes to the original recipe. The ingredients are listed in the order in which I’ve used them in the recipe.

(For 20 brownies)
8 Tbsp butter
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp instant coffee powder (dissolve this in 1-2 tsp water)
½ cup all-purpose flour (I had to use whole wheat flour or roti flour here as I realized that I had no APF only when the batter was almost ready!)
¼ cup sun-ripened cranberries
½ cup walnuts, chopped (reserve a few pieces for sprinkling on top of the prepared batter)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil and grease well.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate. Add the cocoa powder, sugar and salt to the butter-chocolate mixture. Mix well. The mixture will be a little gritty at this point.

Next, add the eggs, vanilla extract and coffee. Mix well again.

Dump in the flour, cranberries and chopped walnuts and stir together gently until all the ingredients are just combined.

Transfer the batter (it will be really thick) to the baking dish and spread as evenly as possible.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 min, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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16 Burps:

Jennifurla said...

These look so super good

TBC said...

Wow! That was quick, Jennifurla! Thank you. :)

Satya said...

brownies looks awesome ...


Vaishali said...

These look amazing. The cranberries sound wonderful, especially-- the chewiness of the fruit with the brownie must be heaven.

Happy Cook said...

They look absloutley delicious. How are you.

Priya said...

Wowwww am drooling here, wat a beautiful brownies..

WizzyTheStick said...

Love brownies and I am still looking for the ultimate recipe....I'll give these a try

Prathima Rao said...

Brownies r my super fav!!

Jyoti said...

i m drooling over ur 2nd pic.. looks awesome!

Rajitha said...

Hey!!....long are you?? The brownies look soo when are you visiting me and getting me some :)

Siri said...

Welcome back TBC. missed you all these months. I hope all is well. the cocoa brownies looks super delicious. Hope to see you around!


Anonymous said...

Yummy. These look so moist and chocolatey :) Good to see you again in the blogosphere.

TBC said...

Satya- thank you.

Vaishali- the cranberries did turn out to be a good addition here. I'm going to start using them more often in baked goods.

Happy Cook- I'm fine. Thank you for asking. :) Just been a little busy since we moved to our new home recently. I also seem to have lost interest in blogging/posting/visiting lately! :)

Priya- I'm glad you like the recipe.

WizzyTheStick- Brownies are my weakness, and I'm always looking for the "perfect" recipe. While these are really good, I still think that the double chocolate brownies (I've linked to the recipe in the post) I make from Anita's blog are the best I've tried so far. :)

Prathima Rao- mine too! :D

Jyoti- glad you like it. Stop drooling- just go make yourself a batch. :)

Rajitha- why are you not replying to my mail, huh? Give me your number or call me when you get a a chance. We have so much catching up to do! :)

TBC said...

Siri- thank you:)Very sweet of you to say that.
We recently bought our first home and I found myself busy with more important things. Lately, I just seem to have lost interest in blogging and it's just not as much fun as it used to be for me. :)

Homecooked- I'm glad too to see you here! :) How have you been?

Nupur said...

So what did you think? Is this as good as your all-time fav recipe? :) It has definitely become my go-to recipe.

TBC said...

Nupur- These brownies are really good but I'm still leaning towards the the ones I make using the Dessert First recipe. :)

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