Cakes By Catriona
Chocolate Brownies (For 9 persons)
200g butter (unsalted)
250g castor sugar
120g pastry flour
60g Cocoa powder (refer photo step 3)
3 small eggs (for vegetarian version replace by 90ml of milk)
10ml Vanilla essence (Robson or Moirs)
30g of grated desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons of Nutella
2 drops of food colouring to color grated coconut (optional)
20g of colored Almond paste/ Marzipan (optional)
1 flower fondant plunger to cut out flower shapes from your Marzipan (optional)
Step 1: Weight and melt your butter in the microwave (normally it will take about 30 seconds to melt completely )
Step 2: Once your butter has melted, transfer to a mixing bowl, add your sugar and using your hand whisk, mix until all is combined.
Tip: No need for all the sugar to be dissolved in the butter ..
Step 3: Weight your flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix them all together
Step 4: Add your dry ingredients mixture obtained from the previous step (flour, cocoa and salt) to your melted butter and sugar mixture and mix mix mix !
Step 5: When you obtain a uniform chocolate mixture, add in eggs (or 90ml milk for vegetarian version) and vanilla essence and continue to mix until you obtain a smooth chocolate mixture. Your brownie batter is now ready !
Step 6: Line a 20cm x 20 cm square baking mold with parchment paper (or you may also use a lightly greased non-stick baking pan ) and transfer your brownie batter in same mold.
Step 7: Use a spatula or spoon to smoothen the surface of your brownie and you are ready to go ! Bake your brownie batter in a preheated over at 175 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes or when a brochette or tooth pick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
Step 8: Out of the oven ! Hot hot hot !
Note: Doneness is confirmed when a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the center
Step 9: You may take a selfie with your brownie !...
Step 10: When your brownie has cooled completely, cut the four borders (thinly) like shown below (left). Then use your pastry ruler to trace cutting marks on your brownie. Ensure to obtain 3 rows and 3 columns.
Step 11: Cut your brownies on the cutting marks to obtain beautiful individual portions . Do not separate them, leave them all together (coller serrer ).
Step 12: Spread a coat of Nutella on your brownies (cut) and top up with some grated coconut (may be colored) and a flower made with almond paste (Marzipan).
Step 13: Voiiiila !
Do not forget to seal them for increased freshness and to double the recipe where necessary ..
You may also use chocolate as topping with your favourite sprinkles !
Attention les papilles !...
Some simple packaging to show you care ..
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