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This is for those who love brownies . I have never been particularly fond of them, but couldn't miss a chance to bake something new. Though, I had planned to bake them on Friday night, but that night we went to watch Biutiful- the spanish movie directed by Inarritu , and has the best actor of this generation Javier Bardem[IMO :)]. It is a very touching movie with brilliant acting by Bardem. Movies are ours [Animesh's and mine] other love apart from cooking :) . So the baking was put on hold and I woke up early morning to make these brownies for my dearest friend Kshipra and her husband Hemant. Kshipra and I are soul-sisters. Our friendship is a decade long and when we were in a hostel together,many people mistook us for sisters.So, the first brownie experiment is on them :)
My new cute little recipe diary is also going to be inaugurated today. I had been eyeing it secretly in Animesh's office bag and was thrilled when he gave me that.
The recipe is taken from PAB,who has taken it from Faith Heller Willinger’s cookbook,Adventures of an Italian Food Lover.PAB is a very famous blog by a very inspiring Indian woman who bakes most of the things from scratch, because of the lack of ingredients here in India. But that doesn't make any difference to the kind of cakes she bakes. It is world class,absolutely top-notch.
4oz dark chocolate1/3 cup Olive Oil
3 large Eggs
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 heaped tbsp Cocoa
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup chopped roasted Almonds
- Preheat the oven to 185C.
- Line a 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper. Let the parchment paper overhang so that it is easy to pull the brownies when baked.
- In a small bowl melt the dark chocolate till smooth.
- Whisk olive oil with melted chocolate and set aside.
- Sift the flour, cocoa and salt.
- In a large bowl,beat eggs, sugar and vanilla for 5 minutes, until nice and fluffy.
- Fold in the chocolate mixture with a spatula.
- Fold in the sifted flour until just incorporated.
- Add roasted almonds and mix.
- Pour the batter into baking dish.
- Sprinkle over with a few roasted almonds.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean with few wet crumbs. Mine were done in 22 minutes. Since the brownies are supposed to be moist so you shouldn 't overbake them.
- Cut them in squares once it is completely cooled.
- Make a sizzling brownie by warming it and serving it with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.