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Author Notes: I guess many people love Chocolate Brownies and these deliciously gooey, squidgy, fudgy, moist and rich with chunks of mixed nuts for extra decadence. I think orange and chocolate make a great couple, for that reason I added some orange peel to this rich brownies. Since I have been making a lot of egg free cake lately, I have been wanting to make brownies that would suit vegetarian and today while I was sorting out what to make for Diwali this year, I decided to do these. It’s a revised version of my Chocolate cake with a few changes....and gosh I am overwhelmed with the results.
I am sure if I tell you that I am not a very keen chocolate cake person, many of you will be surprised since I always post chocolate bakes (most of which are for friends and families). I used to love chocolate when I was little, still do but with moderation. But these brownies have taken me back to my childhood, they are so light moorish they reminded of a cake I used to love called “Madrie”, I think that’s how it’s spelt??? And for that reason I simply had to share this recipe....childhood memories.
It’s a great pleasure to share something that many like, as it’s Diwali and its a time of celebration of the good over bad things these will certainly bring a big smile to many people’s face. I know for many people being gifted or offered anything chocolaty is always a delight. Chocolate brownies are not the usual kind of sweet we make for DiwaLi but this year make it a little different try make these a super delicious sweet treat for sharing with family & friends. You can make them in advance and keep them safe, I do mean “safe” because you might get tempted.....
Makes 16 squares
- 250 grams plain flour
- 100 grams unsalted butter (soft, almost melted)
- 175 grams dark muscavado sugar
- 125 grams Cocoa powder
- 125 milliliters plain yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 teaspoons coffee granules
- handfuls of mixed nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan, peanuts, almond - any nuts of your choice)
- Orange peel of one orange, thinly sliced or finely chopped
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Prepare the cake tin. Grease an 18cm/7in square cake tin and line with non-stick baking parchment.
- Prepare the ingredients; mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Chop the nuts coarsely and set aside.
- In a clean bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the orange peel (if using).
- Beat in the yoghurt, (if you haven’t got yoghurt, don’t panic simply put 125mls of milk in a jug squeeze some lemon juice and leave to curdle, give it a good stir – hey presto you have a speedy curd)
- Dissolve the coffee granules in two tablespoons of warm water and add to the mixture. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Fold in the chopped nuts to a fairly wet batter mixture.
- Spoon the brownie batter into the prepared tin and level out the top with a spatula.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Test using a skewer, if comes out clean turn the oven off. Allow to cool in the tin for ten minutes, and then turn on a wire rack to cool.
- To serve, cut into squares (dust with either cocoa powder or with icing sugar, your choice). I personally prefer to have them as they are. Brinda’s Note: For a non vegetarian version, simply replace the yoghurt with 2 free range eggs. This cake can be made in advance and will keep well for up to one week in a sealed container that if you are can resist the temptation........