Brownies...my eyes are on auto shut ....& i drool....i've eaten many a brownie but never baked one.(ok i wrote this before i baked--this gorgeous brownie---)
Truth be told have been wanting to bake these brownie's since feb'09 ,for valentines,was torn between nigella double chocolate(saw her on television) & baked(read an article)but both had me lacking in my pantry supplies...oh where will i find 'real' choco chips & boy 60-70% choco,i simply couldn try it with the compounded choco.
Then was dreaming about all the possible toppings,most of my loved brownies have been with walnuts so it'll definately have to have walnuts...walnuts with praline...well that would be a fantastic topping i thought....& then another recipe stared back at me,davids lieta doce brownies....o doce leita,eu ti ama....
But now where on my earth will i find 72% chocolate ( talk about resorcing here-research&hunting a plenty) and real while chocolate chips.
Well wasnt budging to whip any brownie till i had these...oh yes i have been calling & making calls to get hold of something....but nothing yet...gorgeous callebaut choco callets.
Spoke to a chef of a resorte close by & he did brief me about chocos et all,knowledgable ,yes very......
(ok now i have all the callebaut chocolate i need)
So till then these brownies are on hold,hold hold....and am waiting to catch how best i can shape them,have been eating bars yup so there's place for 'em too
Oh i wouldn want to be asked to chose between a brownie and a cookie,would i? they both so delicious and i would love to have my cake and eat it too, so this recipe truly struck home, can i have delicious , rich fudgy chocolaty browine and have to bite into a chocolate chip cookie every time i hit there. . ahh. . ....gotcha
now there are a few brownie recipes am eyeing for my first ever take stepping in time , walking strait into wonderful wonder choco land with brownies all over town.....AND THIS GORGEOUS NIGELLA LAWSON RECIPE WE BAKED FOR SWEET AND SIMPLE BAKES AS ALSO FOR ,IHCC,THATS COOKING NEGELA RIGHT NOW,WAS MY FIRST EVER BROWNIE
Its like you cant get past the choco chip , or have to go thru the choco chip only to sink your teeth into that gorgeous brownie, brownie points all the way thru.... Or you simply cant just get thru unless you begin the other way round, but who wants to and whose complaining any way....its more a pleasure truly....
Ok here my taste buds ,were not just talking but crying out to me....brownie ...brownie & here i was just the basic brownie which have read so much about on the net,its the baked brownie from new frontiers in baking.
This is a brownie(HAVENT TRIED THIS ONE YET) that has won many a heart & an award for being the best dense(oh i love densey densey),chocolatey & gooey slightly fudgy brownie,by America's test kitchen folks,i coudnt agree more...oh am already so drooling.....can it get any better than this???????I would love to buy this book truly but havent yet been able to begin building up a collection.(Books are expensive,yet priceless)
bUT having this perfect brownie recipe,i stuck to it and as was browsing all over space for great toppin i landed right here @ eggs on sunday and viola....she has the perfect choco chip brownie topping and for the brownie yeah i'll stick to the most gorgeous ever nigella lawsons recipe below...
Now i quartered this recipe for a THE HAMPERS so go on 4 times more -its worth it........
ADAPTED FROM SWEET AND SIMPLE BAKES(A NIGELLA LAWSON RECIPE)
93 grams choco(3/4 CUP is around 100 grams of chips) and butter each
1-2 WHOLE VANILLA BEANS,CAVIAR SCRAPPED(i love extra vanilla else 1/2 should be fine or 1/2 tsp of extract)
1.5 LARGE eggs or 2 small eggs
87 grams powdered sugar(1/2+1 tbh is 115 grams granulated sugar so powder 1/2 cup granulated sugar)
56 grams palin flour(1/2 cup is around 60 grams)
62 grams white chocochips-(1/2 cup +2 tbh)
NOW IN THE BRAKETS ARE THE ROUGH CUP MEASURES I FOLLOWED FOR WANT OF A DIGITAL SCALE
1)1.Melt the chocolate ,butter & over a double boiler,ie with a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water,stirring occasionally till chocolate & butter are completeltly melted-a gorgeous smooth silky mix.(I MICROWAVED FR 30 SECS)
2)In a separate bowl,beat the eggs together with the sugar and vanilla BEANS.
3)Allow the grogeous chocomix to cool a bit( mins)@ add the sugar& eggy mix and beat in well.
4)Fold in the flour and the salt and the white chocolate buttons/callets./chips or a mix as i used.
beat to combine well.
5)Pour into tin foil(makes it easier to cut up)and drop cookie batter and spread witha wet spatula.
6) Bake for around 25-35 mins in a pre-heated oven @180*c.(i took almost 45 mins and it was perfect but thats my oven for u)
Now here u really need to watch not to over bake coz u have a cookie dough too.
Only for the brownies,the min the top will form a crust of lighter brown hue....
There are a only few mins difference between a gooey,fudgy and dry brownies so watch out for that one....
WOW,THIS HAS TO BE THE BEST SUPERBLY CHOCOLATELY ,GOOEY BROWNIE I HAVE EVER EATEN....LIKE BITING INTO RICH CHOCOLATE BAR THIS ONE..............
CHOCOCHIP COOKIE TOPPING
ADAPTED FROM THE FANTASTIC BLOG-EGGS ON SUNDAY..
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour(5tbh)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (12 tbsp) salted butter, at room temperature(-45 GRAMS)
3/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar(-3tbh)
2/3 cup confectioner sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or 1 cup storebought chocolate chips
AGAIN BRAcKETS IS COZ I QUARTERED THE RECIPE TO TOP ONE PART OF THE BROWNIES
As i advance making this cookie dough my excitement is building up-i mean i'm going to have a choco-chip cookie brownie soon....
1.Beat butter along with both sugars till smooth & creamy. Add an egg at a time,beating inbetween.Add vanilla.
2.fOLD in the flour sifted with baking soda & chocolate chips.
NOW THIS DOUGH DOES SINK A LITTLE INTO THE BROWNIE MIX-BUT ONLY A WEE WEE BIT AND I SPREAD IT SLOWLY WITH THE BACK OF A WET SPOON...
I MADE A THINNER LAYER TO GET A CRISPY TOPPIN....
AND THE MAIN PARTS NOW YEAH AM SENDING THESE BROWNIES TOO ,TO SUSAN OF FOOD BLOGGA FOR HER FANTASTIC COOKIE FESTIVAL-OH U HAVE AN ARRAY OF COOKIES HERE.....
mY CHRISTMACY MOODS...NOR MY COOKIE MOODS HAVE DWINDLED YET SO AM LINKING THIS LOVELY BROWNIE PERFECT FOR DESSERT WITH A SCOOP OF ICE CREAM @ MY KRAZY KITCHEN