Brownie Recipe

Here is another easy baking recipe for students. This is usually an instant hit among friends, as no one can resist a chocolate brownie. In addition, while I love brownies to death, I often don’t have all the ingredients at hand, and I’m either too lazy or cheap to buy the necessary ones. So, here I have three brownie recipes, a regular one, one without eggs, and one without butter.I have to confess, I’m partial to the butter-less one, it is very, very delicious.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C, Gas Mark 4). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.

Extra Tip:

  1. Don’t bother with melting butter in a saucepan, just use the microwave. 5 seconds usually does it.

 

Alternative Eggless Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or sweet cocoa powder)
  • 2 cups white sugar (if sweet cocoa powder, then less white sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C, Gas Mark 4). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. In a heavy saucepan combine the 1/3 cup of flour and water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. When butter has melted, add the cocoa and mix until smooth; set aside to cool. Beat the sugar and vanilla into the cooled flour mixture. Stir in the cocoa mixture until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the batter until just blended. Fold in walnuts if desired. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool before cutting into bars.

Extra Tips:

  1. Melt the butter in the microwave instead of a saucepan.

 

Alternative Butterless Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs [recommendation – 1 whole egg, 1 yolk]
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175C, Gas Mark 4).
  2. Mix oil and sugar until well blended.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; stir just until blended.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. Stir dry ingredients into the oil/sugar mixture.
  6. Pour into greased 9 x 9 square pan.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until sides just start to pull away from the pan.
  8. Cool completely before cutting.

 

And there you have it. Like with most of my recipes, you can modify them by adding spices, brown sugar, chocolate chips, nuts and even bits of fruit if you like. Out of these three, like I mentioned above, I prefer the one without butter. Somehow, the vegetable oil makes the brownies more chewy and moist instead of ‘cake-like’.

 

Thanks for reading, hope your brownies come out delicious!

All the best,

AR

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