There is not a better moment for me in the day than switching off the lights at night and sitting in the dark with a cup of my mom’s ginger tea in this cool breezy bangalore weather; enjoying it only with Nigella Lawson as I watch her cook up a lazy delicious meal on TLC at 10pm every night.
I have seen, studied and tried recipes of many food authors from around the world but no one, just about no one has even come closer to this home queen. If food is my religion, Nigella Lawson is my Goddess of Great Food. There is something about the way she cooks and talks about food that just bears no match in my research of years and therefore her book – Nigella Kitchen (gifted to me by my mom-in-law 🙂 ) is one of my most prized possessions.
It was in this book that I came across this very simple recipe of her everyday brownies but when I saw her bake the same on one of her episodes, I just couldn’t resist making them. Since making desserts is more a science that an art, I followed her recipe to the ‘T’ and the result was just what I was hoping for and more. To be honest with you, my hungerlane starts and ends with Nigella. She is my inspiration behind almost everything I cook, second only to my mom and mom-in-law and here is her recipe of Everyday Brownies.
Ingredients (Makes 16)
- 1 bar of milk chocolate – Cadbury’s dairy milk would do or 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 175 grams of unsalted butter
- 300 grams of sugar
- 100 grams of cocoa powder (sounds a lot but is worth it)
- 150 grams of white flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp soda bicarbonate
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- pinch of salt
This is a simple 5 step recipe and here is a step by step pictorial representation of what you need to do.
Pre-heat the oven at 190 deg C or 375 deg F. Take a heavy bottom pan and melt 175 grams of unsalted butter on really low heat. Just melt, don’t burn. Simultaneously break your chocolate bar into small pieces and leave it to melt on a double boiler. In my case, I had lots of chocolate chips at home so used them instead. Keep stirring occasionally.
Add sugar to the melted butter and mix. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, soda bicarbonate and a pinch of salt separately and stir it in the mixture. At this point, don’t panic on how the mixture looks. It is a very dry mixture to begin with.
Break 4 eggs in a bowl. Add 1 tsp of vanilla to it and whisk to combine. Just whisk lightly to break the eggs and mix everything together. We don’t need to beat too much air in the eggs. Add the eggs to the mixture. Once combined well, you will get a wood brown mixture.
Once all the ingredients are well mixed, add your melted chocolate from Step 1 and mix well. The batter turns from light brown to a delicious dark brown with the addition of chocolate.
Line your baking dish with butter paper and butter the sides so that the brownies comes out easily. Now pour your batter in the dish and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 190 deg Celsius for 20 min. Check once at the 15 minute mark.
Take the brownies out of the oven and let them cool down for sometime before taking them out of the baking tin. Invert on a plate, remove the butter paper, sprinkle some icing sugar on them and enjoy!
Here is how my piece de resistance finally looked on the dinner table and an interesting cut presentation inspired by a very famous video game of my childhood days, Pac – Man.. Enjoy!
Don’t have time, make them Ahead !
The brownies can be made upto 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in case you are planning to serve them later. Will keep for a total of 5 days.
The brownies can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container, layered with baking parchment. Thaw overnight in cool place.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to serve and enjoy brownies 🙂
- Brownie with Ice – Cream: Hot brownies, fresh out of the oven or even reheated ones served with vanilla Ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts on the side… yummmm!
- Brownie Milk Shake: For one person, take 1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream, a piece of those delicious brownies and half glass of milk and blend away to glory :). Top with whipped cream/ chocolate sauce / nuts of your choice or all 3 of them!
- Base to Cheese cake: Once your brownies have been in the refrigerator for some time, they will get denser. Use these instead of digestive biscuits as the base to your cheese cake!
- Brownie Pizza: Cut your brownies in a triangular pizza shape. Whip some cream with castor sugar and a few drops of vanilla essence in it until soft peeks. Top your brownie pizza with this cream mixture and layer fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries or cut cherries on top. Cherries are so much in season these days. Cool and serve. Great way to make kids eat fresh seasonal fruit as well 🙂
- Coconut Almond Brownies: Remember the coconut balls we are all taught in our home science class in school? Mix desiccated coconut, toasted almonds and condensed milk with a few drops of vanilla in it. Top it on your brownies, chill and serve. You can also grill it to toast and caramelize the top of the mixture lightly.
Hope you try and enjoy these Everyday Brownies!
Dear Ms. Nigella Lawson,
If you ever tumble across my blog….ever… high hopes :P, this one is a special dedication to you. Hope I get to meet you and cook like you one day!
Yours truly, honestly, faithfully and ever so lovingly,