All you need is love and a brownie ♥
I never thought I’d be emotionally and mentally equipped to handle protests, riots, crashing stock indices and a pandemic – all at the same time. Growing up with an elder sibling meant watching movies not meant for a child of my age. So, I grew up scared of zombies, murderers, riots, and basically any kind of violence. I’m the kind of person that likes to avoid awkward confrontation and would run different arguments in my head before even asking for something. And now, here I am in 2020, picking fights with friends and family on the topics of NRC, CAA, nationalism, public healthcare, liberalism and capitalism.
I’m not a socialist. But I do try to be a responsible citizen and a decent human being. An empathetic human being. I can imagine your confusion – where do brownies fit into all of this?
Well, I’m on day 2 of my social isolation today and couldn’t get myself to binge watch junk on Netflix. So instead, I brought out my paint box (filled with dust bunnies), unscrewed jammed acrylic paint tubes and began painting after what felt like years. But as with most creative things, you can’t rush the process so eventually after a couple of hours I had to stop, and focus on my next creative outlet – which is why I am here.
If you’re at home (which I am hoping most of you are), let’s make the most of this terrible confusing time and do something which makes us – all in all, better, happier people.
I don’t know about being better people, but whats going to make you happier? These fuuuuudgey brownies, which according to my boss, who in between meetings paused to say were ‘F**KING BETTER THAN THEOBROMA!“.
I’m just a girl, sitting on her recliner, asking strangers on the internet to just add a little more sweetness to their lives and bake these brownies. Please?
Here’s what you need:
- 120g semi-sweet chocolate (melted) – 20 second intervals in the microwave
- 100g semi-sweet chocolate – chopped into one inch sized chunks
- 220g butter (also, melted) – 20 second intervals in the microwave
- 175g white caster sugar
- 75g brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 95g flour
- 30g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp flakey salt
Here’s what you need to do:
I highly recommend a hand mixer for this recipe. But since most gyms are closed, feel free to take out a hand whisk and get a workout in 🙂
Prepare a 9″ pan – line with parchment paper and grease with butter. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, pour the melted butter and top with the two sugars. Mix until light and pale, till you can’t see individual granules of sugar. Crack in the eggs, one at a time. Now, this is the time to really get that workout in, show off those arm muscles. You want to mix this till everything is glossy, very light in color and you can see an increase in volume. Why? Because want to mix the eggs till they almost double in volume for that beautiful cracked top on brownies which make them look oh so attractive. Trickle in the vanilla extract and stir.
Pour in the melted chocolate in a single stream. Gently, using a whisk, stir the chocolate and mix until everything resembles something so chocolately and sweet that you want to put your face in it 😀
Topple the sifted dry mix on top of the eggy-melted chocolate goodness and mix until you don’t see any dry lumps of flour. You don’t want to over work the flour – it will activate the gluten and make the brownies cakey – and we don’t want that. We want these to be gloriously fudgey and gooey.
Top the batter with the chopped chocolate chunks, mix just until folded through and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 mins until the top of the brownies is glossy and wrinkly, and you can’t see any uncooked batter from the top.
Wait for the brownies to cool before cutting them – I didn’t. But that’s also cause I have zero patience in life and I’m all about instant gratification.