Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Brownies!

I decided that I needed to try making brownies. I've read that they're not really hard to do, and of course, they are really yummy! :D

First, I tried "Cake Brownies". Yum. They were ooey, gooey, deliciousness. I just left them in the pan on the counter, and when we finished them 4 days later, they were just as soft and gooey as the day I made them.
Next, I gave "Fudge Brownies" a try. They were good, too. I think the suggested time to cook them was a little long - next time I make them I'll cut it down, and see if that makes them better. They seemed a little dry, but were still delicious. I mean, it's brownies. :D


Here's the recipes so you can give them a try:

Cake Brownies

1¼ c. sugar
¾ c. butter or margarine
½ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1½ c. all-purpose flour (I used 1 c. white rice & ½ c. tapioca, with ¼ tsp. xanthan gum)
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 cup almond milk
1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans, optional (I didn't use them)
Chocolate Butter cream frosting

In a large saucepan heat sugar, butter and cocoa powder over medium heat till butter melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add eggs and vanila. Beat lightly just till combined. Combine flour, baking powder and soda. Add dry ingredients and milk alternately to the chocolate mixture, beating after each addition. Stir in nuts, if using. Pour batter into a greased 15x10x1" baking pan. (I used my cow pan, which I think is 14x11.)
Bake in a 350 oven about 20 minutes or until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Frost with Chocolate frosting. Cut into bars. Moan with delight at the deliciousness.


Fudge Brownies

1 c. butter or margarine
4 squares unsweetened baking chocolate (4 oz.)
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1½ c. all-purpose flour (I used all white rice flour, ¼ tsp xanthan gum.)
1 c. walnuts (I didn't add them into the batter, just sprinkled some on top.)
Chocolate butter cream frosting

In a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat lightly by hand just till combined. Stir in flour and nuts. Spread batter into a 9x13 pan. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes. (I might start checking at 25 min. next time.) Cool in pan on a wire rack. Frost top. If desired, sprinkle with chopped nuts. Cut into bars. Eat. With coffee. Or Earl Grey Vanilla tea.

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