Chocolate Brownies without Chocolate?
Chocolate Brownies without chocolate? You’ve got to be kidding me! Oh no, I kid you not, I think I finally cracked it! You see this quest of mine has been going on for months now or at least since my son developed a craving for Chocolate Brownies.
The first recipe I tried asked for 2 slabs of good quality chocolate, which means that just the chocolate for the recipe would be about R60 rand, which is not the end of the world if you were making these brownies once in a while, but here in Nina’s Kitchen I could not keep up with the demand, I had to make another plan…….
I tried various recipes, some with less, but still a good quality chocolate, some with a mediocre chocolate and a few without any chocolate, just cocoa powder. My son was highly impressed with his new job as recipe tester here in my kitchen and at first he rated them all “excellent” because his only criteria was that is was “sweet”. He soon got the hang of it and I had to just smile at some of the comments he said: “Slightly bitter on the tongue, too gooey, not fudgy enough, not chocolaty enough…. ” After every attempt, I would go back to the drawing board or search engine until finally one day I made this recipe and this was the comment I got: ” Mmmmmmmm, dark, chocolaty, mysterious, fudgy, shiny on the top, slightly cracked like a good brownie should be. ( I guess this is the result of watching too many Food network Challenges).
Eureka people, that was it, I found it, the perfect brownie recipe AND the beauty of this recipe was the fact that it used cocoa and NO CHOCOLATE so one batch of brownies cost me not even a third of my original recipe. Needless to say I have tried that recipe so many times now, every time with a different twist and all I can say is: ” Wow, it is truly delicious!”
I used this recipe from Very Best Baking and here is my twist on this recipe
Preheat oven to 180C or 350F. Line a 20×20 cm pan with grease proof paper.