Monday, August 11, 2008

Brownies

How would you describe a perfect brownie? Chewy, chocolate-y and scrumptious? Then I've found THE perfect brownie at Cooking with Amy. In her words:
In my preferred purist version I don't want them too dense and fudgy and I don't want them too cakey and fluffy.
I couldn't have said it better. I wanted a chewy cocoa brownie.


Perfect Brownies Every Time
(adapted from here)

1/2 cup Butter, melted
3/4 cup Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
6 tbsp Cocoa
2 tbsp Oil
2 tsp Vanilla Essence

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.

Beat sugar and butter together until well blended and then add the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition until the mixture looks smooth.

Now add the cocoa powder, vanilla essence and the oil. Mix well.

Mix the flour and the salt together. Add about 1/4 cup of the flour mixture at a time and mix well after each addition. At this point you could add about 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts, but thats optional, and I personally want just the plain fabulous brownie.

Pour the mixture into a greased pan and bake for 20 minutes or so. Remove from oven and let it cool completely for 10 minutes. Slice into squares and serve warm with ice cream.


Life doesn't get much better than this.

Thank you, Amy. My friends and family thank you as well (can you hear the applause and cheers? :-) )

30 comments:

Amy Sherman said...

I'm so glad these worked as well for you as they do for me!

Nirmala said...

Lovely brownies ! they look really inviting and they would have dissappeard in no time right ? My version would be fudgy and more chocolatey. I made my brand of brownie by substituting half of the cocoa with ganache and it gave that creamy chewy taste. Try them next time :)

homecooked said...

Hmm....yummy! Absolute heaven.

Beth said...

Im always on the search for the perfect brownie. Will try these little beauties!!

Aparna Inguva said...

I always stick to the boxed mixes, as the ones I tried from scratch where too dry! Will definitely try this one hoping I wont boo boo it up
-A

dindintonight said...

The brownies look really good..and so chocolaty!

mitr_bayarea said...

Mouth watering brownies, could also add pecans or walnuts to make it more crunchy.

Ranjani said...

I could sooooooo use one right now!
They look great btw:)

cook eat FRET said...

a perfect food in a group all its own. next you'll be making the ny times choc chip cookies...

Bharti said...

Brownies are my weakness! They are the most indulgent of all the cakes out there if you can call them cakes. I shall give these a shot when I'm feeling indulgent ;-)

lakshmi said...

i made some cocoa brownies too yesterday. you know my current muffin obsession right, so i baked them in the muffin moulds LOL

Nidhi said...

Yet one more baking recipe bookmarked...I hope I can get down to making them soon.

Your Brownies look so gud.

Nags said...

lovely deep colour :) i make this quite often but shud try this variation of the recipe as well

Arundathi said...

Thanks everyone!

Yes, Amy, they definitely worked very well. We loved it.

Nirmala - definitely gonna try your version too. I'm a brownie junkie.

Thanks Homecooked

Beth - I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Aparna - :) Good Luck.

Dindintonight - thanks.

Mitr - Great idea.

Ranjani - thanks. will send some over.

cook eat FRET - still wondering when to do those!

Bharti - do try it!

Lakshmi - wow - send me the photos!

Nidhi - thank you!

Nags - :) would love to see your variations too!

Divya said...

Wow...awesome brownies Arundhathi!!!I love brownies..in any form..chewy..chocolatey..fudgy..anything is welcome!!Great snaps too!!

Pearlsofeast said...

superb brownies.I love the rich dense colour.

churningthewordmill said...

i love brownies...i wud love them more if they had lesser calories!

Hima said...

Looking so delicious.

Laavanya said...

They look delicious & decadent - would love to sink my teeth into one (or even better two) :)

Swati Raman Garg said...

yummilicious they look anu.... and u know what i finally posted about my arusuvai gifts.... :) and am here for a joy ride on your blog.. i missed out on so many things...

Rajani said...

yummy brownies! they look amazing.

Divya Vikram said...

Awesome pic gal..Lovely brownies..

Dragon said...

There is nothing better than the perfect brownie. Looks like you've found it.

Rosie said...

Absolutely sheer heaven for me - yum :)

Rosie x

Arundathi said...

thanks everyone - its now my official favorite brownie - little pieces of heaven! :)

Sunshinemom said...

They looks so chocolatey, and gooey. I missed a lot, didn't I?

Jude said...

Yum. Haven't made brownies in a while so thanks for pointing us to that recipe!

Arundathi said...

Sunshinemom - Yes, you did! where've you been! :) they were delicious!

Jude - Sure. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Anonymous said...

Hey have u forgotten the baking powder? Or is it just brownies without BP?? :)

Anonymous said...

These brownies were quite dry even after following the recipe completely. It needs a tad more butter though this is the standard brownie recipe.