Brownies are one of those baked goods which I assumed could not be made from scratch. While both of my parents and all four grandparents cooked and bakes a lot, I had only seen boxed brownie mixes used. It was to my great surprise and pleasure then when I tried this recipe way back in 2010 from Smitten Kitchen and voila! Homemade brownies!
Since my first very successful foray into homemade brownies, I have made many different recipes- typically more traditional recipes with chocolate. However, the simplicity and pure cocoa flavor of this recipe, not to mention the nostalgia, has a special hold on my heart and taste buds. I have now made a few changes to reflect current food preferences- no eggs, a little less sugar, occasionally though not always dairy free.
Try to make brownies at home- they're easy (really only 1 bowl needed for this recipe), quick, smell wonderful, and, most importantly, are delicious!
I've traded flax eggs for hens' eggs; coconut oil (or sometimes butter) for butter; and cacao powder for cocoa powder.
140 grams of coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
225 grams granulated sugar or coconut sugar if available
65 grams cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder if that's what you have)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
15 grams ground flax seed
75ml warm water
65 grams all - purpose flour
1Preheat oven to 160oC or 325oF. I use convection. Line and 8in x 8in square cake pan with parchment paper
2In a small bowl, combine ground flax and warm water. Stir to mix and set aside.
3In a medium glass or metal bowl, combine oil/butter, sugar, cacoa powder and salt. Set over a pan or in a skillet with barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. If you happened to have a microwave oven, you can also use that.
4When melted (will look grainy), remove bowl from pan/skillet and set aside for a minute or two. Mix in flax eggs and vanilla. Stir with spatula or wooden spoon until thickened and smooth.
5Stir in flour until none is visible and then stir for another minute vigorously. The mixture should be smooth, shiny, and thick.
6Pour into prepared cake pan and put into oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Checking halfway and again around 20 minutes. A cake tester or toothpick should come out clean.