Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Extreme Brownies

"Chocolate can make you happy..." I'm totally convinced with this phrase when I had my first bite of these brownies.

Most brownies recipes mix both melted chocolate and butter together before baking. Interestingly, this recipe is slightly different and requires chocolate chunks to be absorbed into the brownies while baking. To enjoy these brownies to their maximum potential, I would strongly suggest these recommendations...

First: You will enjoy these to the fullest if you have to ditch any diets or calories counting...LOL

Second: I would strongly recommend to follow the recipe as strict as possible. As mentioned by the author of this article, the chocolate used has to be 55% cocoa chocolate for these brownies. Any changes and reduction of sugar or fat will change the ideal taste and texture of these ultimate brownies.

Third: These brownies are extra delicious when they are consumed with cream, ice cream or a glass of milk...

Try baking these and you will know what I mean...

fudgy chocolate brownies

Here's the recipe from an article on Herald Sun dated 31 July 2011. This recipe was extracted from The MasterChef magazine, Aug 2011 issue.

Please note that I have not make any modification to this recipe and would like include my personal notes in blue for my further reference.

200 g dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids - broken into pieces)
225 g unsalted butter roughly chopped
2/3 cup plain flour
2/3 cup Dutch cocoa, plus extra to dust
1 tsp baking powder
2 cup caster sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 20cm square cake pan, extending baking paper beyond the rim of cake pan.

Using a serrated knife, cut chocolate into rough 1.5cm chunks.

Place butter and a large pinch of salt (I use Tahitian vanilla salt) in a small pan. Melt over low-medium heat until almost melted. Set aside to finish melting and cool slightly

Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in sugar.

Gradually add butter and eggs (alternatively) to dry mixture, stirring well to combine after each addition. Stir in vanilla, then chocolate, until combined.

Spoon mixture into lined pan. Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread mixture evenly.

Bake for 1 hour or until top has risen (it may dip slightly in the middle) and a skewer comes out clean (the skewer could be slightly oily, with a few crumbs attached. Make sure it doesn't have uncooked batter attached).

Cool completely in the pan. Then, using the paper as an aid, lift the brownie with paper from pan onto a chopping board. Peel paper away, dust with extra cocoa, if desired, then cut into 5 cm squares.

Note: I've baked these brownies in a 10cm x 20cm cake pan using half amount of the recipe and bake it at 140°C fan forced for 55 min.

Happy Baking
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  1. Im agree Zoe! Chocolate is amazing!!and these sounds delicious!

  2. this must be the brownies that you were talking about. looks divine!! guess this must be really good too the next day!!

  3. i am salivating so much at the first photo of the goooey inside - and im not even a huge choc fan...!! this is bookmarked as my next brownie experiment...haha def no calorie counting when u eat this for sure esp with the butter content! :P

  4. Why do all delicious bakes so sinful? I have to resist making this even though it looks so tempting...look at that gooey texture!

  5. I'm drooling too, your brownies looks extremely good.

  6. chocolate has a special magical effect on people, I love that it makes us so happy:)))
    And your brownies are fantastic, moist and just so chocolaty..yum!!!!..Love love love it!!

  7. Extreme Brownies = extremely delicious!!!

  8. Yes. Chocolate....Dark Chocolate rather, makes me happy!

  9. wow...definitely will try this Zoe :)
    ive tried your nutella baby brownies it's so chocolatey and yummy... i bet this one is even better!
    thks for sharing :)

  10. Your brownies look so chocolaty and delicious! Definitely a treat that is hard to resist! I would go with a tall glass of cold milk! :)

  11. Zoe, Gosh, this looks absolutely stunning! I love it so much and so is the picture. Truly mouthwatering!

  12. These looks absolutely PERFECT! They would definitely make me happy!

  13. These look amazingly delicious. I'm sure I'll be extremely happy if I can bite into one right now! :)

  14. When I saw the first pic , I said WOW !!!! That's one awesome-looking brownie :D & it looks extremely delicious , too ;)

  15. Zoe, dint see you make any mooncake this year?

  16. Oh these look amazing! Definitely extreme =)

  17. These look amazing. I adore a good rich brownie!

  18. You are awesome! By looking already makes me so happy. :D I tried to leave you a comment, but was alway prompt out. This time round have to use my IPhone to leave. Finally, I am able to do so now.

  19. You cannot find a super moist brownie like yours in any bakery. This is special! EXTREMELICIOUS!

  20. Yum! I <3 brownies - I'll have to give this new version a try! :-)

  21. These look great! Very interesting about not melting the butter with the chocolate. I'm sure they are super yummy with an awesome texture!

  22. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

    Hankerie: I didn't make any mooncake this year. My husband was sick last week and we thought of just having a simple mid-autumn celebration, eating just the piggies mooncakes. As we are not a big fan of mooncakes, I might be baking some traditional pastries next year.

  23. Oooohh..who cares about diet when it comes to chocolate!! I'm a big fan of anything choc and I will definitely try making this! Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe! Can't wait to try this out.

  24. Oh maaan! These look absolutely sinful! I want!