Baking 101 Bernard Callebaut sticky chewy chocolate brownies · 31.08.16 by colin newell
I just made this rich, dark chocolate brownie with a soft chewy center, firm edges and a crackly top. Simple to make using just one bowl. Pay attention to the measurements as they are the key to success.
- ¾ cup Fry’s, Hershey’s or Dark Dutch cocoa
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ⅔ cup butter – melted
- ½ cup boiling water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 free range jumbo eggs
- 1⅓ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup dark/medium Bernard Callebaut chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan.
Add cocoa and baking soda to a large bowl and stir to combine.
Melt ⅔ of a cup of butter in your microwave. With a wooden spoon, stir ½ of the melted butter into the cocoa and baking soda. Stir until combined.
Add ½ cup of boiling water to bowl with cocoa and butter. Stir until combined and smooth.
Add sugar, eggs and the rest of the melted butter to the cocoa mixture. Stir until combined.
Sift in 1⅓ cup of flour. Add vanilla and salt. Stir until combined and batter is smooth.
Add chocolate chips to batter and stir until combined.
Pour into prepared baking pan and smooth the top out with a wooden spoon. Bake for between 35 and 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness.
Cool for 30 minutes in pan. When cool, remove from pan and cut into snack sized brownies.
Yield should be around 2 dozen.
Serve with ice cream while warm – or with black coffee. They are an addictive treat.
If you feel the urge to coat them with icing, wait until they are cool and use your imagination.
Alternately, one could swirl in peanut butter chips or raw peanut butter instead of the chocolate chips.
Colin Newell is a Victoria area resident and long time creative writer. A baker since the age of 12, he has been around the mixing bowl a time or two!