Monday, September 29, 2014

Light Chocolate-Chunk Brownies (Martha Stewart)

I hear whining and complains whenever I serve baked pasta with 50% fat reduced cheese...

I hear the same whenever I serve anything that is not flavoursome enough... especially low fat brownies!!!

Hey guys, this is low fat. You know?
Hey mum, this is not delicious. You know?

What can I say?

Remember that I have used applesauce to bake low calories Happy Brownies previously in January 2012? I must admit that I had to put happy faces on these brownies in order to make look appealing. Although all of the happy brownies were eventually consumed, we prefer something with sinful texture and also something fully packed with satisfying amount of chocolate. Having said that, please don't get me wrong here... I'm truly a pro-health person but like to satisfy my family's taste buds with good tasting food. Like I always said, Moderation is essentially what I'm after. Do you face the same dilemma?

To compromise, I have found this Martha Stewart's light chocolate-chunk brownies recipe which uses healthy ingredients like applesauce, fat reduced sour cream and just 2 tablespoon of good oil to bake a wholesome and moist brownies base and then fills the base with lots of bittersweet chocolate. The beauty of this recipe is that the chocolate bits and chunks have actually given the brownies a compromising boost of chocolaty taste even though that its low-fat moist brownies base is actually quite simple and plain.

For the fact that it is healthier version of brownies, I have to say that these brownies are pretty GOOD! Even BETTER that I'm not hearing any whining or complains when I packed these wholesome brownies into lunchboxes. BEST if you can bake and judge these by yourself???

Hey mum, I can eat these brownies but can you don't bake these brownies again?

Geez... My son can taste that these brownies are fat reduced!!!

Light chocolate applesauce brownies Martha Stewart
Light chocolate-chunk brownies
The healthy ingredients to make this brownies. Instead of applesauce, I'm using apple puree.
I like to enhance the taste of brownies with good quality chocolates and preferably dark muscovado sugar.
Just mix mix mix...
... and bake!
Light chocolate applesauce brownies Martha Stewart
Any whining or complains? Well, I didn't but my son did a little ...

Here's the recipe from Martha Stewart
(with my notes and modification in blue)

2 tbsp vegetable oil, such as safflower, plus more for pan
(I used rice bran oil)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
(I used 110g)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
(I used Valrhona Dutch processed cocoa)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
(I used dark muscovado sugar)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
(I used 120g apple puree, baby food)
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream (with 18% fat)
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (2 ounces melted, 2 ounces coarsely chopped)
(I used (1) 60g Callebaut ones with 55% cocoa, melted, (2) 60g Callebaut ones with 55%, finely chopped and (3) 60g Callebaut ones with 70% cocoa, coarsely chopped)
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°F or 160°C fan forced. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with oil; line with a strip of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides, and brush paper with oil (I didn't brush mine with oil).In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, applesauce (apple puree), sour cream, melted chocolate, eggs, and oil until combined; add flour mixture, and mix just until moistened.

Spread batter in prepared pan; sprinkle top with chopped chocolate. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 mins - I baked mine for 30 mins.

Cool completely in pan. Use paper overhang to lift cake from pan; peel off paper, and discard. Cut into 16 squares.

Happy Baking
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  1. Oolong...your brownies look so moist and fudgy. Love!! :)

  2. oh yes, totally find myself in the same shoes... the hubby yuck when i use the REAL thing saying they r unhealthy then YUCK when he realised the short of taste when i use healthier substitution. in totally singaporean accent... aiyoh, then what you wan? it takes a baker to know the other. but this brownie, i love the ingredients.... having a brownie but not the guilt... gimme 2 slices... i shall eat in moderation ;)

  3. These are so so so yummy looking.. I wouldn't whine, wouldn't complain.. I would happily stuff all into my mouth, *ngap ngap ngap*.. Your brownies look so delicious and chocolatey, and look at those chocolate goodness oozing out from the brownie, now who would whine at that? Who who who? Hahahaha

  4. Zoe, I want to give your boy a hug LOL! Say NO to low fat hee..hee...

  5. This brownie looks damn amazing Zoe. I would have nothing to complain about! My mother and all the women in my family do not bake western goodies, my grand ma used to bake chinese/peranakan style pastries and cookies and curry puffs when she was younger so I missed out on that!

  6. That looks absolutely beautiful, Zoe. I am bookmarking wayyYyyy too many recipes from your blog! I really need to start baking some to clear off my 'must-bake' list -_-

  7. Hi Zoe, think I'm slightly fortunate as I've baked both chocolaty and low fat brownies before and my big kids don't complain ... ha haa ... to them so long there's some cocoa / chocolate, they are happy. I'm definitely with you on these yummy Light Chocolate-Chunk Brownies !

  8. 很moist的蛋糕,我喜欢这口味,尤其是那融化在蛋糕里的巧克力。。。赞!

  9. Hi Zoe, As age catches up, I'll definitely go for low fat ingredients as much as possible for my family as well. These chocolate brownies look so yummy and sound so healthy too

  10. Hi Zoe,
    My teenage sons are anti low fat bakes too especially the use of whole grain flour ! LOL But I still curi-curi & added some in my bakes but still they can tell ! How come huh??!!! LOL Judging from the last picture, this brownie looks really good to me with soft fudge that I like . Nevermind lah if they complain , like that you can have all the brownies for yourself . I certainly don't mind at when it comes to chocolatey anything! LOL

  11. If the brownies is low fat but full with chocolaty,it's fantastic for me,I would finish all for you..hahahaha
    Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe with BREE^^

  12. Gooey, chocolaty goodness! I feel like I have to make one today. I never heard of Rice Bran Oil before ...nice to know though. I hope I can find it at store.

  13. Zoe, I love, love your modifications on these yummy brownies...awesome, and super amazing!

  14. Hi Zoe,
    This is awesome!
    I have bookmarked.