Treats on Tuesday: Brownies from Brussels

P1030626It’s no secret: When the cold get’s to you, the best thing is to stay in the warm, drink a hot cup of tea or cocoa and nibble on something that warms body and soul, i.e. a lovely lush chocolate browie. You don’t think you have got the time to bake brownies? Well that’s a big mistake! All you need is a few minutes to whip up this little sin.

Ingredients: 

150 gramms of sugar (I use brown but you can use white just as well)
80 gramms of flour
80 gramms of chocolate (I like to use milk-chocolate with hazelnut chunks in it. That way you get lovely “nutty” brownies)
half a sachet of baking powder
75 gramms butter (make sure it is not salted. Here in Brussels there are two kinds of butter)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanillasugar (I am not sure if you can get it here in Brussels. ours is from Vienna. You can do without. Just up your sugar-content  to 155 gramms. If you have vanilla essence at home you can add a tiny drop of that to the mixture to taste.)

So here is how it works: Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Then mix your dry ingredients (baking powder, cocoa, flour, vanilla sugar) in a bowl and put to one side. Break up your chocolate and roughly chop it. (You can also use the kitchen machine.) Now gently melt the butter, add your sugar and give it a good stir.Take off the heat. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. The dough will be a bit brittle. Don’t panic. This is where the eggs come in. Break them and lighty whisk them and pour them into your mixing bowl. finally, as a last ingredient, add the chocolate chunks. Pour the dough into a flat, well greased baking tray to make traditional brownies. they are flat and cut into little rectangular pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Eat warm – straight from the oven – or wait for them to cool.

Dust with castor sugar before serving! Enjoy!

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