chewy brownies...

Why would I have to make everything from scratch? I like to cook and bake from scratch because it gives me a creative outlet, and a sense of satisfaction in beginning with fresh ingredients. Scratch is far superior than processed. I know what ingredients I'm using and they're most likely healthier. But the real reason is that it's a matter of pride. If I'm going to have a brownie, it's going to be a homemade one. :)

There're three types of brownies which depending on their texture; fudgy, chewy or cakey. I used to like them cakey--weird. Now I must say I like fudgy the best. I love the deep, dark and dense brownie. Making brownie is so simple, all you need is a bowl and a whisk. Here I have both recipes, chewy and fudgy for you to try.

Chewy Brownie
adapted from America's Test Kitchen
makes 24

- 1/3 cup (50 g) Dutch-processed cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp. (2 g) instant espresso (optional)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. (114 g) boiling water
- 2 oz. (57 g) unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 2 oz. (57 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup (110 g) vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 yolks
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups (400 g) sugar (the original recipe has 2 1/2 cups sugar)
- 1 3/4 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 6 oz. (170 g) bittersweet chocolate chips
- 3 oz (85 g) walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan.
2. Whisk cocoa, espresso and boiling water together in a large bowl.
3. Whisk in chocolate, butter and oil.
4. Whisk in eggs, yolks, vanilla and sugar. Whisk until smooth.
5. Add flour and salt and mix until combined.
6. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
7. Pour the batter into prepared pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes.
8. Cool down completely in a pan, then cut into pieces.

Fudgy Brownie
adapted from Cooking With Chocolate
makes 16

- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup (110 g) sugar
- 1/2 cup (100 g) light brown sugar
- 4 1/4 oz. (120 g) 64% dark chocolate, melted
- 6 oz. (170 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 oz. (40 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tbsp. (10 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 oz. (85 g) walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, grease and flour a 8-inch baking pan.
2. Whisk eggs and both sugars in a large bowl.
3. Whisk in chocolate and butter, then flour, cocoa powder and salt.
4. Stir in walnuts.
5. Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 20 minutes.

fudgy brownies...

Here're more recipes for you to try. Let me know which one you like the best if you have time to try them all.
Fudgy brownie http://www.namthip.com/2010/09/brownie.html
Cakey brownie http://www.namthip.com/2009/02/chocolate-hazelnut-brownies.html

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