Monday, February 20, 2012

Browned Butter Brownies


Have you guys heard of these browned butter brownies before? I hadn't. I only recently found out there was such a brownie when I was searching the web for alternative brownie recipes and landed on Bon Appetite's website. This recipe is from last year's February issue (yeah, I know I'm really late). I don't quite like the bitterness from unsweetened dark chocolate and was looking high and low for alternative brownie recipes. After perusing many brownie recipes I found this recipe for browned butter brownies. These are made of cocoa powder and the browned butter gives these a nutty, chewy and toffee-like flavour as opposed to the regular smooth, fudge-like brownies. The raving reviews it received from, seemingly everyone who had tried them, piqued my interest. Naturally, I wanted to try this sensational recipe and find out for myself whether these brownies are all that good as they were made out to be.



Now, I don't want to give you the impression that I'm some kind of brownie connoisseur. In fact when I went to school, brownies were something unheard of. Brownies were an American phenomenon in those days and nobody knew how to make them. I still remember the first time I saw the word smoothie appear in the Metro, which was around the time I was in high-school. I was so fascinated by the name and wondered what it was. :)

As the name suggests, the butter is supposed to be browned first. This is a crucial point in this recipe, which gives these brownies a nutty toffee-like flavour, a nice crackling on top and a softer, gooey center. At first glance, you can't help but to get shocked by the amount of sugar specified in brownies (and in general dark chocolate-related) recipes. You would think that 2-3 cups of sugar is enough to send anyone into coma but that amount of sugar is essential to balance out the bitterness from the dark chocolate. This recipe requires less sugar and that may be the reason as to why it was more bitter-sweet than I had wished for. But my sister and father liked it. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. In the original recipe you're supposed to add 3/4 cup cocoa powder but I think I'm going add a little less (1/2 cup cocoa powder) next time. And of course, not to forget, using a good quality cocoa powder is a must.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 stick butter
1 1/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
2 tsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup + 1 tbs all-purpose flour
1 cup walnuts (or chocolate chips)

Method:
Measure up the sugar, cocoa powder, water and vanilla extract and keep all of them within reach. Line a baking pan with parchment paper on the bottom and sides. Light butter it. Cut the butter required to make the brownies, into 1 inch pieces. In a medium cooking pot, melt the butter at medium heat. Continue to cook and stir the butter for about 5-6 more minutes until the butter stops foaming and white particles sink to the bottom and then bubbles will appear on top and the butter appears a nutty brown. Remove from the stove and immediately add the sugar, cocoa powder, water and the vanilla extract. Stir until well blended. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes while stirring.

Then add the eggs, one at a time while the mixture is still somewhat warm, and whisk to blend after each addition. When the mixture looks thick and shiny, sieve and stir in the flour. Lastly, add the walnuts (or chocolate chips should you prefer that). I chopped the walnuts into halves and dry-roasted them a day ahead. Spoon in the brownie batter in the buttered baking pan. Bake the brownies in a preheated oven, in the bottom third at 175 C (350 F) for 30-35 minutes. Insert a skewer in the center to check whether it is ready. The skewer should come out almost clean. Take it out and allow to cool in the baking pan before cutting. But as impatient as I am, I cut them while still warm and soft, and as a result they crumbled while cutting. These are best served with a tall glass of cold milk!

29 comments:

sangee vijay said...

Browned Butter brownies...interesting...U always come up with best n selective recipes...loved that...this looks so good n tempting!
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Mahi said...

Am not a big fan of neither chocolate, nor brownies Rathai! ;)

But I do read these recipes with great interest! :) Nice one for brownie lovers!

Kanan said...

nice brownie recipe. i like walnuts in it. when you bite n get crunchy walnut. ahhh love it

Only fish recipes said...

Nice presentation dear...these brownies look absolutely yum...my daughters going to love it...bookmarked !

Hovkonditorn said...

Oh, looks so delicious!

easyfoodsmith said...

It has been ages, since I made brownies. Your brown buttered ones are looking very enticing...the close up shots more so! And they also are a great reminder that I need to bake brownies asap! Thanks for sharing

anne said...

LOVE IT !!!! It looks absolutely delicious ! I love the crispy top and the gooey center . I bet it taste as awesome as it looks ;D

Amy's piece of cake said...

Yum, this looks lovely!

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Lizzy said...

I've made these, too!!! SO good!!! I always sub semisweet for bittersweet chocolate in brownie recipes. Bittersweet is too intense for me :)

Mahi said...

/Mahi. How is life? :)/ life is cool Rathai,hence am hibernating for a while! ;)

Asian-spice mix said...

Wow,,,gorgeous and Yummy looking brownies,sound delicious with my morning coffee right now :)
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maha said...

vl try dis 4 sure.looks yumm yumm

kitchen flavours said...

Looks wonderful and I like that it contains not much sugar!
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Vardhini said...

Inviting and perfect brownies. Love the clicks. Thx for linking them to the event.

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Vimitha Anand said...

Oh yummmm... Brownies look perfect gooey and delicious to even look at. Happy to follow u. Do join me if you have time
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Purabi Naha said...

Rathai, the way you photographed the dish makes it so droolworthy! This looks like something I must try out, very unique indeed. http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

browned butter sounds so much like ghee, this is such a different recips! im intrigued.. bookmarking this for sure. btw, lovely pics!

Rathai said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. :)

Vimitha: I have now linked this to your event. Thanks for letting me know about it. :)

Purabi: Thank you, Purabi. I always enjoy reading your comments. :)

Deeps: I'm glad you pointed that out because I didn't think about that. Thank you and nice seeing you again. :)

Anzz said...

That looks to die for..! Perfect..! Wish I could have a grab right now..!

maha said...

Great recipe.Thanks for sharing such a yummy one with us.

Jay said...

wow..super delicious...looks inviting..;)
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Ramya said...

brownies are awesome and tempting

Deepti said...

Brownies are very tempting and love the presentation

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Brown butter brownies..OMG i can feel the taste and aroma seeing the pictures itself.. Looks divine.

Kevin said...

Those brownies are looking good!

beti said...

they really look like the perfecet brownies

Rathai said...

Thank you, one and all, for visiting my space and for your valuable comments. :)

Ruwani said...

Looking Yummy!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

My goodness this looks so good. I recently learned about brown butter. I like you used walnuts too since I rarely see brownies with walnuts. Looks so delicious...drool!