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I like fudgey you see, the husband cakey. And when people come over, I make a truffle brownie (which I'll post later sometimes) that are so gooey and so decadent that if you don't like them, I'll never bake another batch again.
Considering I have been baking brownies since I was 11, I'd have thunk that I'd be totally bored by them. I've baked different kinds of brownies for the last two decades and except for a point in time about 10 years ago, when I was baking them every weekend for friends, I now realise I don't bake them as much as I used to. That could also be because my repertoire has increased and I can bake a lot more things than I could then. Or that maybe my palate has changed.
Naah, that's not it. I think I love a good brownie anyway. I think no one's been asking me to bake some for them anymore.
Anyway coming back to my brownie dilemma, this time around, I wanted to bake something that might suit both our palates and temperaments. So I decided to make a slightly cakey brownie which would fudge up overnight.
I used hot chocolate to develop the chocolate flavour and coffee to make it more intense. I'd suggest you use good quality to chocolate. And if you don't want to buy cooking chocolate, use Bournville instead, the deep flavours will totally blow you away.
Here's something more - while you should stick to the butter to chocolate to eggs to flour ratio, you can play around with the flavours. Add some Kahlua, rum, cinnamon? It or chilli. (I love chilli chocolate brownies, will post them sometimes soon too.Gosh, the promises I make!) just takes your brownies to another level. And the best part? It's all done in one pot. So really very little mess.
One Pot Hot Chocolate Brownies
Makes 12 -16 large pieces, depending on your pan
Ingredients200 grams semi sweet chocolate
125 grams butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 tblsps hot chocolate powder
1 tsp coffee powder
1 tblsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate. Stir until glossy and smooth.
2. Add sugar in a bowl. Stir well. Add eggs one at a time. Stir until smooth.
3. Add vanilla extract and coffee powder and the hot chocolate powder.
4. Add flour and fold and finally add baking powder
5. In a parchment paper-lined tray, spread the batter evenly. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes, till the tops are crackly.