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Chocolate Brownies with a Twist December 19, 2011

Filed under: Cakes,Desserts — delishuss @ 10:19 pm
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My colleague Miro makes tasty desserts and cakes every weekend, so we pressured him into making something nice to go with our afternoon tea. He certainly excelled with these tasty treats. The recipe detailed below has been written by him for us. I think it is worded quite skillfully 🙂

Ingredients:

185g unsalted butter (well I used salted and it didn’t really matter :-)) 185g dark chocolate 85g self-raising flour 40g cocoa powder 3 large eggs 275g golden caster sugar

Optional – zest from 1 lemon, handful of roasted nuts (I got mixture of peanuts, peacan nuts, cashew nuts and roasted them in hot oven for 10 min), crushed chocolate bars, maltesers, or whatever you have handy 🙂

Method

I’m sure you don’t really need me to explain how to mix it all together, but just in case, here we go:

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a hot water (make sure it’s not boiling too much, as we don’t want the mixture to burn ;-))

While this is nicely melting, beat the crap out of the three eggs with sugar until nice and fluffy (well, not really fluffy, but it should at least double in size, you know the drill….)

Pour in the melted chocolate mixture (make sure it’s not too hot, it should be at room temperature) and mix in gently as we don’t want to loose all our fluff from the egg/sugar mixture 🙂

Then sieve in the flour and cocoa mixture – and mix together – again nice and gently.

And if you wish so, you can now add the lemon zest, roasted nuts cut into chunks and crushed chocolate bars.

Pour the mixture to a square tin – well, mine was a silicone one, so not really a tin, but if you have a proper tin, then you should grease it or use a greaseproof paper, as we don’t want to end up with everything stuck to the tin. Think mine was around 20x20cm (no idea what it is in inches, but who cares ;-))

Put into preheated oven – fan 160C/conventional180C/gas 4 (to cover all options) and bake for 25 min. After 25 min, open the oven and shake the tin to see if the middle is still wobbly – if yes, put it back for another 5 min. If not, just take it out and let it cool down in the tin. Once cooled down, you can cut it to to your wildest imagination – I just cut it into 4 equal squares, then each square into 4 more squares and then each square diagonally into triangles – god, that sounds very complicated (but it’s not, I promise ;-)).

And finally (if you managed to get to this stage without any hick-ups) – enjoy eating it 🙂

 

Chocolate Orange Brownies May 25, 2011

Filed under: Cakes,Weight Watchers Recipes — delishuss @ 8:54 pm
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I went a bit baking mad last weekend, I tried the lemon tart and these chocolate brownies they are great. Definately worth a try. The recipe is from Weight Watchers Fabulous & Filling. I was a bit dubious about the fact that there was no chocolate in it but I don’t think it actually needs it.  These are also very quick to make.

Makes 15 brownies

They are 1 1/2 points each in the old system (not sure what they are with the new plan)

Ingredients

Low fat cooking spray

175g self raising flour

40g cocoa, reserving 1/2 teaspoon for dusting

100g soft dark brown sugar

Finely grated zest of an orange

1 egg

100g very low fat natural yoghurt

75g low fat spread, melted

Method

1.  Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180 degrees celsius/ fan oven 160 degrees celsius. Line a 17×25 cm rectangular cake tin with non stick baking parchment and spray with the cooking spray.

2. Sift the flour and cocoa into a mixing bowl then stir in the sugar and orange zest.

3. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the yogurt and 150ml cold water then mix into the dry ingredients, followed by the low fat spread. Stir until smooth then pour into the prepared tin.

4. Bake fo 15 minutes until just firm then cool in the tin. Once cool, chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before cutting into 15 squares.

5. To serve, dust the reserved cocoa over the brownies.