Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fudgy Chewy Brownies

Chocolate brownies with cheese cream icing

I have decided to make the brownies as they looked quite easy to make (and being 39 weeks pregnant, I didn't have a lot of energy to stand around in the kitchen. I also feel quite nauseated making anything that is not sweet).

I probably should mention that I have never made brownies of any sort before so probably never realised how much butter, chocolate and sugar went into them (or maybe I happily blocked out that information from my mind).

I had Lindt 70% cooking chocolate at home so decided to use that instead of the cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate. I also got a bit annoyed that the editor of the book did not check each recipe properly and it was not mentioned anywhere where to add the cocoa powder (if you decided to use it). It also missed basic instructions such as oven temperate and baking tin size.

I used an approximately 20 x 20cm square tin and put the oven at 180°C. The brownies took about 40 minutes to bake with the toothpick coming out almost dry at the center (double the time it suggested in the book).

Impatience is my weakness so after they cooled enough to be cut, I tried the edges (while they were still quite warm). The brownie crumbled in my mouth and I could feel the super richness of the dark chocolate, butter and sugar. I was hesitant to add more butter by icing them but since that was part of the recipe, I had to be true to it and give it a go (especially since I bought the cream cheese specifically for that purpose).

After trying to mix the icing by hand, I got tired and pulsed it in the food processor. The quantities ended up being way too much for the size of the brownies. (I was actually quite surprised how few brownies turned out from this recipe since all the previous recipes had humongous portions.)

When my husband walked home, he could straight away smell them (who doesn't love a house smelling of freshly baked sweets?) Although he's not a fan of dark chocolate (the way I am), he liked them more than me. He did agree though that they were very rich and one little one was enough to fill you up.

For me, they were just a bit too rich, although after putting them in the fridge, in the next few days they became harder and I found them easier to eat.

Husband: 3½ /5
Wife: 3/5


Anonymous said...

Hi Zoe!

So glad to see another post ;)! The brownies look great in the picture, so yummy! I forgot that in the book they go with cream cheese. That's an interesting combination (I've never tried it).

Nice switch using the Lindt 70% instead of the cocoa powder. I love that brand!

Thanks for telling that the recipe is missing some details. Good to know if we want to try making it.

Even though the brownies were rich, I guess they were good enough if you and your husband ate them all, haha.

You're having a baby?? Wow! I hope everything goes well! Best wishes for you and your husband! Enjoy your new baby! We'll wait for your come back once you've settled ;).

Jennifer J. said...

Congrats on the new addition!! You are very brave to even attempt to bake in your condition........I was more into consuming when I was expecting..........well, still am!

My hubby (professional chef guy with all his papers to prove it) says to bake these beloved brownies at 325 for about 15-ish minutes. Brownies are different than a cake. The toothpick will not come out clean. (especially due to the fact that there is hardly ANY flour!) Cooking them longer will dry them out and make them inedible.

You know, this would be a good question for Paullina. Maybe I'll ask what temp. Tatiana bakes her brownies at?

Zoe said...

Cassio, thank you for the well wishes. Everything went well and I had a little boy two weeks ago.

Jennifer, thanks for the cooking tips! It's good to know for next time.

I might attempt something 'easy' in a few weeks :)Lack of sleep will probably cause me to miss ingredients.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear everything went well with the baby, Zoe! We'll wait for your new recipe! ;)