Dessert brownies give a reason to LIVE! Seriously, they are so yum, I could eat it everyday. This is an original recipe of my sister June's who shared this with me ages ago. I hardly make this because it has full fat butter and 2 whole eggs. But after making a batch of low fat brownies (using applesauce and low fat sourcream instead of butter) a month ago and which I had posted in my blog under www.americanmoments.net/healthy-vegetarianvegan-recipes/skinny-choc-chunk-brownies , I was met with much dismay from my younger 12 year old daughter Riya who exclaimed, after taking a bite, 'Mama, please just make the 'regular' brownies, I am still young. I can afford the butter!"
And after tasting June's brownies at a family gathering at my brother's place recently, she has been bugging me to make some so called 'regular' not skinny brownies. So, I finally set aside some time to bake some of the 'regular' full fat butter brownies for her last week. It really is quite yummy.
There are times when you just don't give a damn and just want to enjoy food in all its glory. Forget low fat. Forget Skinny. I'm happy with my curves and all. You know those times?? These Dessert Brownies are for those times....:)
You can't eat more than 2 squares of these fudgey yumminess at one sitting because of its heaviness. June's recipe called for 1 cup of caster sugar, I had reduced it to 3/4 cup of regular fine sugar but I still found it very sweet. Reduce it to only 1/2 cup if you prefer a less sweet version. Plus, if you are having this vanilla ice cream, which is a great combi by the way and which I'm sure you already know :), it will be better with less sugar.
Ingredients (16 squares)
125 gm butter
2 bars of Hershey's semi sweet baking bars
1/2 cup of regular fine sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts plus extra for the top
1) Firstly grease a square bake tin with butter.
2) Then get all the ingredients ready. From left of TOP picture, Hershey's baking bars, butter. From BOTTOM left, chopped walnuts, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and vanilla essence.
3) Take a double boiler, and slowly melt the butter and chocolate bars. this will take at least 5-8 minutes.
4) Then, add the sugar and mix well for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
5) After about 10 minutes, add all the ingredients except the eggs. Mix well.
6) Then, add in the eggs. I add in the eggs last for fear of the eggs curdling because of the heat. Whisk it all together.
7) Then pour this ooey goey yummy batter onto the prepared pan, top with more chopped walnuts and bake at 180 deg C for 20-25 minutes. Don't keep any longer. It may look uncooked and the skewer stick to check may still hv some bits sticking to it..but it will slowly harden as it cools. We are intending to have a fudgey brownie effect.
8) Remove it from oven and let it cool completely before cutting into 16 roughly equal squares. Enjoy on its own or warmed up a little in the microwave and with vanilla icecream. Lasts for a week in the fridge. Riya loved it, of course!