Brownies??? Of course I love them, I could probably eat a whole box all by myself (if nobody would stop me…like my inner voice is doing right now after my third piece…oh well..) I have to confess though that this is my very first time to make them. Good thing I found this easy brownie recipe.Brownies has been on my ‘to Try` list for a long time but I never actually got on doing it. Why ever! I mean, it is not that difficult to make and the ingredients are quite simple. I guess, I was just lacking inspiration or the inclination…until the other day, when I had this intense craving for brownies…ok, actually, I was initially craving for chocolates which we (intentionally for a reason) ran out of.
So I made a quick check on our food supplies and I was positive that I have all the basic ingredients (an more) to make brownies. Then I turned to Google for help to find an Easy Brownie Recipe but to my utter disappointment, all the recipes requires 3 eggs or more and we are down to our last 2!!! The problem is, all stores were closed due to the holidays! Good thing I found this Fudgy Brownie Recipe from Inspired Taste which inspired me to go on even if I have only 2 eggs left. I just tweaked the ingredients a bit after reading so many different (at least 10 of them) recipes for brownies. The procedure is also a bit different because I want to have it really quick and easy!
Some of the recipes I read use chocolate bars but I opted to use cocoa powder instead. I have both on hand but using cocoa powder saved me the time of melting the chocolate bars..hehe! I learned also that there are two different types of brownies, it can be either fudgy or cakey. This one is Fudgy!
- 160 gram butter
- 200 gram sugar
- 65 gram unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cups flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup cashew nuts (optional)
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or wax paper leaving an overhang on opposite sides of the pan for easier lifting or removal of the brownies once they are baked.
- Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F.
- Place butter in a big microwave-safe bowl and nuke it until it is completely melted. It took me 3 times 30 seconds on high power.
- Now add the sugar and cocoa powder to the melted butter and mix with a whisk or hand mixer for 1-2 minutes. It will be still gritty at this point. No worries.
- Stir in the salt and vanilla and then add the eggs one at a time stirring vigorously after every addition. Continue on mixing until the batter becomes smooth (about 2-3 minutes).
- Mix in the flour and go on beating for another minute or two.
- Add half of the cashew nuts to the batter if using and mix until well distributed.
- Pour the batter into the lined baking pan spreading it evenly. Sprinkle the other half of the cashew on top distributing them equally.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out almost clean. Let it coll completely before removing from the pan.