24 Jun 2010

Brownies for the people!!!

Brownies... love them or leave them...
This is what I call an "individual piece" that looks cute and fresh!
Aren't they great?  Easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!!

In this photo you can see how I made them as individual pieces, like "petits-fours". But you may also prepare them the traditional way.
Ok, let's get started.

Ingredients for 12 big square brownies
3 eggs
150 gr. caster sugar
200 gr. of chocolate -the pastry one, 53% cocoa
100 gr. unsalted butter
80 gr. plain flour, bakery purposes only
1 tea spoon of baking powder

First things first: preheat the oven to 180°C. Take a 23 cm. square brownie tin lined (or use the individual silicon molds like showed in the photo above)

Melt chocolate and butter together. Microwave oven is really good, but be careful to start with 3 minutes at 50%; don't try to melt it in 30 sec at 100%, ok? because chocolate will burn and the final result will be awful, a complete disaster.

Then, get your kitchen-aid and whisk the 3 eggs until they become foamy; at that point, add the sugar, little by little as if you were pouring water on a very delicate plant.
Keep whisking until it all becomes a smooth cream, almost white.

Pour the melted choco-butter into the whisked eggs. Mix alltogether, very well, until you get a smooth batter.
Finally add the flour and baking powder. Mix again gently to combine.

That's it. Here you make your choice: adding or not any nuts? it's up to you. Sometimes I don't add any because many children in the family are allergic to them. So, if you like them and you're not allergic to them, add some 50 gr. cut in quarters.

Pour the batter into the tin and bake it for just 12 minutes!

Let cool on a rack and cut it in so many pieces as you wish -12 is good.

Decorate the bownies with icing sugar and that's it! or do as I did: insert half nut on each one before baking.

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