Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Cocoa Brownies

I know I've been missing for a little while. Unfortunately, I've been sick for the a few days and have not had any energy to bother with anything! Am doing a little better now and have been wanting to post this brownie recipe (modified from an Alton Brown recipe found here) for a while now.

These brownies are truly a decadent delight! They use cocoa powder and have a texture that's similar to flourless chocolate cake. So, if you're looking for chewy, fudgy brownies, this is not your recipe. The end product here will be cake-like with an intense chocolate flavor. Try them and you'll be in love!

Mansi, this is the recipe for the brownies I sent you, if you were wondering! :)


Butter and flour - to prepare baking pan
Eggs - 4 large
Sugar - 1 cup
Brown sugar - 1 cup
Melted butter - 8 ounces (2 sticks)
Cocoa powder - 1 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 tsp
Instant coffee powder - 1 tsp
All purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp


1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Butter and flour 8 inch square baking pan, line with parchment paper (if desired) and keep aside.

2. Attach the whisk attachment in a stand mixer. Beat the eggs at medium speed until light yellow and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Don't overbeat the eggs or you could wind up with a mess!

3. Add the sugars and whisk to combine. Once combined, add all of the other ingredients and whisk again for about 2-3 minutes until well combined.

4. Pour batter into prepared 8 inch square baking pan and bake at 300 F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes, then turn out of the pan and cool completely. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Yield: about 16 brownies.

Note: Wait until the brownies have cooled to cut them, or else the cut edges won't be as sharp. I know it's hard, but try to have some patience... Or just stand next to them and start eating pieces from a corner like I did!


Cham said...

Wow, it looks like snow dust over ur brownies. It don't like chewy brow, it would be perfect for me.

Dhivya said...

thought to ask abt ur missing kalai:))hope u r doing better now!!!love the brownies

Uma said...

as Dhivya said, I was also wondering where were you? Hope you are feeling better now. Take care. The brownies are simply awesome. A professional touch.

Kalai said...

Cham, I love the snow effect, too! :)

Dhivya, thanks for the kind wishes! :)

Uma, am doing lots better. Thank you, dear! :)

Namratha said...

Looks gr8 Kalai, yummy yummy :)

kamala said...

Kalai,like ur brownies.Take care of ur health.

sandhya said...

brownies looks yumm.... hope you are feeling better noe..

Hima said...

Those brownies are looking so yummy

sowmya said...

they look delicious...

sra said...

That's a great picture - can taste the brownies!

Lavi said...

Kalai..missed your comments..Get Well Soon!!

Your Brownies are so perfect..WOW KALAI..photos ellam class a erukku.

Saswati said...

hey kalai hope ypu are feeling better now and the pic and recipe is wonderful:)

Archy said...

Kalai.. Get well soon Dear !!

Brownies are yummy !! lovely snow effects...!!

TBC said...

Hope you are feeling better now, Kalai.
I love brownies.

Cham said...

Oh Dear, I noticed u on and off past 3 weeks, i thought u were in sprink break. Hope u r doing good and wish 2 :) Take care Dear.

Kalai said...

Thanks, Namratha! :)

Will do, Kamala. :)

Sandhya, am doing lots better now. :)

Hima, thank you, dear! :)

Sowmya, thanks! :)

Kalai said...

Sra, thank you so much! :)

Lavi, will be making trouble again now! :)

Saswati, am doing much better now, thanks! :)

Archy, thank you, girl! :)

TBC, me too! :)

Cham, will try to be more regular now. Thanks for the sweet words! :)

Rina said...

Kalai, these look so yummy...

Mansi Desai said...

thanks so much for posting this Kalai!! and yes, those brownies were so rich and creamy we almost thought they had marijuana in them! bcoz both me and my hubby slept like babies after eating just one piece!!:)

I am so gonna try these!

Laavanya said...

Aah..so that's why you were missing all these days.. Good to know you are feeling better.
What a comeback with decadent brownies. I am usually trying to nibble of the corners before they cool-off too... and checking to see how it turned out :)

Revathi said...

Haa Kalai.. how r u doing now.. Take care. talk to ya soon.

Seena said...

Get well soon,Kalai..
Though I don't like sweets, the last few lines match for me.. :) Lovely brownies..!

Lisa said...

Oh, these do look good. I make a similar brownie using cocoa powder. Great image too!

Kalai said...

Thanks, Rina!

Mansi, I knew I could count on you for a great comment! So much for chocolate being an aphrodisiac, huh? :)

Laavanya, thanks, girl! :)

Revathi, I'm much better now, thanks!

Seena, thank you! :)

Lisa, really? Would love to try your version out, too! :)

Pravs said...

love brownies ! nice pic..will be hit with my little one :)