Nicola’s Brownies

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The first time my friend Nicola and her family came to spend Christmas with us, she had the great idea of bringing these heavenly brownies.  I still wonder how she managed to keep them safe from being eaten during their over 700-km ride!  She shared the recipe with me, and then I baked them for my son to take with him on his vacation to Italy.  I was told the brownies were eaten, I think, before even reaching the border although I had forgotten to include the butter …  They were just a bit chewy, they said.

I am sure that you will like to try this chocolatious treat.

img_7947125 g butter
200 g quality milk chocolate
200 g quality dark chocolate
2 tablespoons sour cream
4 eggs
250 g brown sugar
pinch of salt
200 g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
icing sugar for dusting

Preheat oven: 175°C or 350°F (convection)

Line bottom and sides of a square baking tin with parchment paper.  I use the baking tray of my oven that is 42 x 34 cm.  You can certainly halve the recipe and use a smaller pan of your preference.  Just be aware that the baking time will decrease; do not overbake.

Cut butter into cubes and tip into a bowl.  Break chocolate into small pieces and add into the bowl.  Double boiler over low heat or in a microwave oven (medium power, 15 seconds intervals), stirring occasionally to mix them together.  Remove from heat when completely melted and let cool slightly.  Add sour cream.

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Beat together eggs, brown sugar, and salt for, at least, 5 min.

Add melted chocolate onto the mixture.  Mix thoroughly until evenly incorporated.

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Fold in flour and baking powder.  Mix until just combined.

Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin.

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Bake in the heated oven for about 20 min until firm to the touch and the top has a thin, papery crust.  Perfect brownies have a moist and squidgy center.  The chocolate will continue to cook slightly for a few minutes after coming out of the oven.

Once cooled, sprinkle icing sugar on top, and cut into squares.

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2 thoughts on “Nicola’s Brownies

  1. Ja, ich kann bestätigen, dass die Brownies selbst ohne Butter unwiederstehlich sind… 😉 Also mit Butter sind sie natürlich auch hervorragend!!! 🙂

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