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I call this recipe simple because its the ingredients are simple and are mostly readily available at home - butter, sugar, eggs, flour, chocolate and almonds and also because is it really very fast to make.
When I made this batch, the whole process took me about 20 minutes, excluding the baking time off course. The baking time was not that long anyway, about 15 minutes so really, you can bake and get these brownies on the table in less than 1 hour.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is a small batch brownies. I baked them in a 7 inches square tin. If you want more, you can double the recipe and bake the brownies in a 9 inches square tin.
The ingredients I used in this simple brownies recipe are pretty basic for brownies and I chose to add some pan roasted chopped almonds in the batter for added texture and a little nutty crunch in every other bite.
This recipe yields really moist and fudgy brownies with a beautiful crinkly top and I decorated them with a light drizzle of simple chocolate frosting made using chocolate and butter.
Simple Brownies Recipe
80g dark chocolate
100g caster sugar
A pinch of salt
7g cocoa powder
65g plain flour
30g chopped almonds (roasted)
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
50g dark chocolate
Pre heat oven to 175 degrees Celcius.
Grease and line a 7 inch square cake tin with parchment paper.
Roast chopped almonds in a pan without oil until lightly browned and leave them aside to cool.
Melt butter and chocolate over a pan of hot water or in a microwave oven until both are just melted. Leave aside to cool.
In a clean bowl, add caster sugar, salt and eggs and whisk until the mixture turns thick and foamy.
Add the melted butter and chocolate into the egg mixture and continue beating until well combined.
Add sifted flour and cocoa powder and beat briefly until the flour is well incorporated.
Finally add vanilla essence and the roasted almonds and again, beat briefly until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for 15 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius.
To make the drizzle, melt chocolate and butter over a pan of hot water or in a microwave oven until melted. Cool the mixture before filling it into a piping bag and drizzling over the cooked brownies.
Oven temperature may vary depending on your oven. For mine, when I am following a recipe that requires a baking temperature of 180 degrees Celsius, I set my oven at 175 degrees instead of 180 degrees because that is the optimum temperature for my oven.
It is also important to keep to the baking time as indicated. Baking too long will result in the brownies losing all the fudgy and moist texture.
To cool the brownies, turn them over onto a wire rack, peel of the parchment paper and turn the brownies back so that the top is facing up and leave it to cool completely before frosting.
Here is a short video I made for this simple brownies recipe:
Hope you like this recipe. Let me know what you think of these easy homemade brownies in the section below.
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