Liezie's Heaven Sent Chocolate Brownies..

"All you need is love. But a little brownie now and then doesn’t hurt."

“Some like brownies gooey, some prefer them cakey, while others like them somewhere in between.  The secret is in how much you whisk the eggs before adding them to the batter. Whisking will make the batter lighter (and drier); less or no whisking will make the cake moister to the point of being gooey. The balance of the ingredients will also influence the outcome.”

Ingredients

135 g chocolate, chopped

(Arriba 72%, Felchlin, or similar quality chocolate)

150 g butter

335 g white sugar

pinch salt

3 extra-large eggs

110 g cake flour

1/3 teaspoon baking powder

80 g whole pecan nuts

Method

  • Line the mould with baking paper to fit snugly into the corners.
  • Place the chocolate in a mixing bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan. When it boils, pour over the chocolate. Vigorously stir in the sugar and salt.  Stir in the eggs.
  • Sift flour together with baking powder, and fold in.
  • Spoon the batter into the mould, tap lightly to level it, and spread the pecans evenly on top.
  • Bake at 150°C for 45 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the batter comes out clean. Allow to cool, then remove from the mould, and cut into desired size slices.
  • A dollop of lightly whipped cream (stolen from its Austrian cousin, the Sachertorte) will complete the brownie experience.

 

*Brownies are an American contribution to the dessert table. There are hundreds of versions. I like mine to be moist and more like a dense cake, but not gooey or gummy.It’s a simple cake but the texture of the “crumb” (or interior) must still be elegant. Using a good chocolate makes you feel good and tastes great. This recipe is well balanced, not too sweet and just right in terms of the moisture level.