Friday, October 19, 2007

The Quest For The Perfect Brownie

I am surrounded by a family of chocoholics. Chocolate in any form is devoured at a rapid pace in this household. I have yet to see this level of dedication to chocolate anywhere else. There are people in my family who at a chinese restaurant, will eat lychees with chocolate ice cream. That is the truth, cross my heart. There are others ( you know who you are!!!) whose idea of heaven on earth is Death by Chocolate eaten at Corner House, Bangalore. No visit to Bangalore is complete without one visit there. Damn the diet, and forget the calorie count. Everything is left by the wayside when it comes to chocolate for all of them.

Sure enough, genetics ensured that my son ended up being a chocoholic too. I have seen him "Drool"... Yes drool, no other word fits the description of him salivating when he sees a bowl of decadent chocolate mousse or an absolutely yummy chocolate truffle cake. When we are out at dinner, he will ensure that he orders the most chocolate saturated item on the menu. And eat it with such pleasure too. It is most amusing to watch him savour every bite of his chocolate.

In trying to satisfy his chocolate cravings I have been on the lookout for a nice fudgy brownie recipe almost forever (you know you can never have that absolutely perfect recipe for anything). Looked and looked and tried out many many recipes.

Finally got this one a couple of years back from a friend and then realised later that it was from the Hersheys site. The recipe is easy and the brownies come out really fudgy and chocolatey. For me the final approval obviously came from my son who rated it as "very nice, mummy. Can I have some more? Plenty more?"

It has a nice crumbly outside, and the insides are 100% melty gooey chocolate goodness. Needless to say, it is pretty rich (I mean, have you looked at the ingredients? :)

Here's the recipe....

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts(optional)


Heat oven to 170 deg C. Grease and flour 9-inch square baking pan. A suggestion here is to use parchment paper or foil to line the pan otherwise it may stick to the bottom.

Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl.

Add eggs and beat well with spoon.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended.

Stir in nuts, if desired.

Spread batter evenly into the pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Dust with powdered sugar for decoration.


Asha said...

My son and hubby are chocoholics too. I am not into Chocolate much!:)
Looks yum. Instead of cocoa pd, you could use semi-sweet chocolate melted.I bet your son will it even more of gooey stuff!:D

TBC said...

I am a chocoholic too:-).
I found my "perfect" brownie recipe a couple of months back

bee said...

have you tried the hershey's chocolate cake on the cocoa powder tin? it's fabulous. i halve the sugar, though, 'cos it's too sweet for me.

Namratha said...

DBC at Corner House, that's me that's me alright! :) Your son sounds like my brother, he is always drooling at chocolate too. I love chocolate too but am not even close to being a chocoholic..hehe You bake such yummy goodies, obviously your family has gotta be or become chocoholic :-D

SMN said...

Im a big chocoholic.. i lov browines.. this luks so yummy..

bhags said...

me and my husband both are chocoholics....:)
The brownie looks fantastic and now I need t bake it asap to satisfy my sweet desire


my Hubby is a BIG fan of chocolate brownies ...and he is well on his way to becoming a chocoholic :-) ...will HAVE to make this one looks so tempting

lakshmi said...

I think I have disorder - each time I see a chocolate recipe posted I have to go make some brownies.

sunita said...

I can easily join the bandwagon, being a die hard chocoholic myself...and of course, the kids have followed suit, hubby dear is the only exception ...brownies .... yuuuummmm..I'm already 'drooling' over.

Suganya said...

Suddenly you make death sound not so bad :D. Death by Chocolate? There are some serious chocoholics by yr side ;)

Happy cook said...

My daughter and I loves chocolate.
Brownie looks super delicious.
Wish i could just grab few of them

Tee said...

Chocolate, did you it, love it, love it! I am a true chocoholic and I am proud of converting my hubby into one too ;)!
Brownies look Divine! :)

KayKat said...

Mmm ... I'm one of those chocoholics! And this looks good, very good! :)

veena krishnakumar said...

Finally got hold of ur brownie recipe. I think the whole of VM raves about your browine

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Yum Yum Brownie.