My memory of my childhood is filled with good fun, good food, and most of this good food, was whipped up in my mom’s kitchen. She would always be re-creating something popular at that moment.
Chiffon cakes, Cheesecakes, Shortbread fingers, Curry puffs, to name a few. If she tried it, and she liked it, she would try to make it. Most of the time, she would succeed in re-creating whatever she set out to make.
There was a certain amount of pressure, to be as savvy in the kitchen. But try as I may, I would fail. Yes. 11 year old me followed recipes to the T. But my chocolate chip cookies looked like nuclear waste, and tasted like nuclear waste too,
The very first thing I made successfully (and resoundingly so, if I might add), was a batch of chewy brownies with walnuts. They, Were, Amazing. I have had multiple requests for that recipe. I still get requests for that recipe.
I was feeling nostalgic, and in serious need of a proper chocolate fix, so I set out to make some brownies. The problem was that, I now have kids. They would help make and obviously help eat these brownies. My recipe made brownies with a crispy sugary shell on top which would no doubt make cleaning up hell for me, so these babies you see here happened instead.
The brownies are rich, moist, soft. They would be categorized as a cakey on the cusp of being chewy type of brownie, and extremely moreish. You would probably only stop when the heart palpitations start.
I favour using cocoa powder over melted chocolate in my recipes because the flavour is so much more intense. These brownies, are intense. I left out the walnuts/pecans I would usually opt to include, because my kids would pick them out anyway.
160 g Melted Unsalted Butter
250 g Fine Sugar
75 g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
65 g Plain Flour
1/4 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 cup of reduced fat Sour Cream
1 cup of semi sweet Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Chunks
1. Whisk warm melted butter with sugar and cocoa powder till smooth.\
2. Add in eggs and vanilla essence. Whisk till mixture is smooth and shiny.
3. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl, and fold into batter.
4. Fold in Sour Cream and Chocolate Chips.
5. Smooth batter into a 8 inch square pan and bake for 50 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius.