Thursday, December 16, 2010

Walnut Brownies

There are different types of brownies -chewy,fudgy,cakey etc based on the density,texture etc. Certain types may have less flour and no leavening agents whereas some may use egg whites for more chewiness etc. I too have attempted several types of brownies and this one which I adapted from Parents.com uses no leavening agents and very less flour to create dry and chewy brownies which are excellent.

The original uses unsweetened chocolate and chocolate chips,but I have halved the recipe and used semisweet chocolate,reduced the sugar and used a mix of white and milk choco chunks and as usual replaced the egg with  Ener G. Flax seeds also work as an egg replacer.

Ingredients:

Semi Sweet Chocolate: 2 oz  I used bakers Semi Sweet Chocolate 1 and 1/2 oz
Butter: 4 tbsp

Sugar: 3/4 cup (I used 1/2 cup only)
Walnuts: chopped: 1/2 cup
Salt:1/4 tsp (reduce if using salted butter)

Egg or Egg Replacer: 2 eggs or  1 tbsp Energ whipped with 4 tbsp water
Extra Water or Orange Juice: 2 tbsp optional

Chocolate Chopped or Choco chips: 6 tbsp

All Purpose Flour: 1/2 cup

Vanilla : 1 tsp

Preparation:
Melt together butter and chocolate  over a double boiler or even microwave. Let it cool slightly. Stir  in sugar,salt and walnuts. I tossed the walnuts together with little flour before adding as to avoid sinking to the bottom while baking.

Stir in eggs one at a time (or half of the Ener G liquid as I did).

If using Ener G eggs, ou always have to add extra liquid in the form of water or milk as Ener G is a mix of thickening powders and I usually requires around 1-2 tbsp per Ener G . There was enough liquid this time as only half a cup of flour was to be added,but just to make sure that enough liquid will be there,I added 2tbsp of orange juice.You can even add water or milk. Another reason why I added oj was that I had used semi sweet chocolate and milk chocolate and to prevent the brownies from being overly sweet ,I thought it was better I add tart oj.Leave it out in case you are using eggs.

Once the eggs are added,stir in half of the choc chips or choc chunks/pieces,flour and lastly vanilla.Make sure you mix the choco chips with flour and then add to the wet mix.Stir in to get a slightly thick but porable batter.

I love Cadbury's dairy milk but have an aversion to it when it is mixed with nuts (Fruit & Nut) or white choc (Wowie).But at the same time my daughter loves it and I have a stock of it. So when it gets too much, I chop them up and add it while baking. And this is what I did here,in the brownies.

Once ready,pour the batter in a lined pan -I used 8" square pan- optionally greased with spray. Tap the dish or pan so that the batter is spread evenly.There would not be much batter for a large dish.Top with remaining choc chips or choc chunks.


Bake in a pre heated oven at 350F for 35 minutes until the top looks dry. Mine took exactly 35 minutes.




Take out the pan,cool the brownies in the pan/dish for 10 minutes, then use the foil to lift from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.Cut into squares .


 Serve dusted with icing sugar.



You will be in the chocolate heaven .And all the more so when you share it with your friends. And this brownie is also being shared with Ria for MM:Chocolate, an event by Meeta. Forgive me for the bad pics, these days, I am clueless and have run out of nice ideas on clicking a pic.Feast on the brownies.




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