It’s Christmas Eve! Everybody must be busy preparing on what to serve on the dining table! I guess everyone is thinking of what cake to bake because Christmas won’t be complete without a good cake or dessert. Since you are already busy preparing gifts and cooking variety of dishes (and not to mention they are already time-consuming), let me give you a really easy and delicious but takes a small amount of time to prepare & bake —- brownies!
I guess everyone knows what a brownie is but for those who doesn’t it is a type of flat rich cake usually cut in small squares. It originated in United States during the 19th century during a Columbian Expo held in Chicago where a chef at Palmer House Hotel created a dessert after Bertha Palmer (wife of hotel owner) requested a type of cake that is small which can be easily packed and eaten from boxed lunches. That first brownie was glazed with apricot and infused with walnuts.
Since then the recipe became really popular and spread all over the world. Many variations have been made usually dependent on the local ingredients available to a location, so nuts have varied from one place to another. Now there are even ready-made mixes available at your supermarket but that replaces the excitement of creating your own. So if you want to have pride in making your own recipe here is a basic one that I can share. Enjoy!
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 cup caster sugar
1 tsp salt
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1. In a bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder and salt together. Put aside.
2. Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler not touching simmering water. Stirring frequently over low heat. Add 1 cup of sugar and continue to stir for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat then add vanilla extract.
3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and mix remaining sugar together. Once combined pour into the bowl of chocolate mixture gradually, stirring gently with a spoon or spatula.
4. Once the eggs and chocolate mixture completely combined gradually fold in dry ingredients. DON’T OVER MIX! Spread walnuts on top if desire.
5. Pour the mixture into a non-grease baking pan. Bake for 28-35 mins in a preheated 180 C.
6. Transfer on a rack to cool and cut into squares. Serve.