Chewy Brownies

Two factors influenced the decision to post another baking recipe. First off, I teach (a bit of a stretch, we hang out and talk in English) a pre-teen called Mar, and one of our favorite activities is cooking. We’ve gone through a lot of recipes over the years, so many that I’ve had to dig deep in the archives. As she gets older she gives me more input about what she’d like to make, and this week she requested brownies, the quintessential chocolate-y North American treat.

Her request got me thinking about brownies and the absolute dearth of chewy chocolate goodness in this city. There are quite a few cafés, bakeries and hip bar/restaurants that offer “the best” brownies in BCN. Sheer fallacy. For the low price of 5€ you can enjoy a chalky, dry, cake-like brownie that barely tastes of chocolate. I have no idea why this is when all the ingredients for a gooey chewy brownie are within easy reach. This recipe is so easy even a 12-year-old can make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (62 ml) melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (62 ml) sunflower oil
  • 1 cup (250 g) white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (67 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (65 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Valor Cacao Puro en Polvo)
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) of chopped up walnuts or a chocolate bar, or a combo (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 175ºC/350ºF and grease a square (9×9) cake pan. You can also line it with aluminum foil so you can remove the brownies later.

In a medium bowl whisk melted butter, oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, whisking gently just until dry and wet ingredients are uniformly mixed. It’s okay if there are a few lumps.

Pour brownie mix into prepared pan. Sprinkle chopped chocolate over the top of the batter and use the tip of a knife to gently push some of the pieces into the batter.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the batter starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow to cool to just warmer than room temperature, this is when they are at their chewy best!

Servings: Nine. 263 calories.

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