Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe

Butterless Fudgy Brownies Recipe

People who know me call me the Brownie Queen. Alright, I call myself that. These butterless fudgy brownies happened because, well, I had no butter. I had to put together an impromptu lunch and how the hell was I to whip up dessert with a couple of hours notice and no butter? Outrageous, I tell you. But since I like my friends I had to do something. I just swapped the butter with coconut oil. Added some milk and a little cocoa. It all worked out fine.

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Orange Brownies with Orange Caramel

orange brownies

Orange Brownies with Orange Caramel

Brownies have been done to death, I know. But it’s a great base to add more flavours and change it up every once in a while. So, what I did this time was give it an orange touch. No adding orange juice or such liquids to ruin the batter. Instead, by simply grating some zest off an orange and sprinkling it all over the batter just before it hits the oven will give it that orange flavour. It also fills your kitchen with the fragrance of orange.

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Eggless Peanut Butter and Banana Brownies

eggless peanut butter and banana brownies

I have no reason to make eggless anything. But this one time last week I saw one of those Buzzfeed Tasty videos of an eggless brownie and wanted to try it. I did change the quantities and kinds of sugar. As I always say, an eggless variation of a classic will come nowhere close to the real deal. But my colleagues seemed to have loved it. I for one thought it was good. Maybe with a scoop of ice cream it’d taste even better!

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Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate chip brownies

Yes, another brownie recipe. It’s like any other dish that can be tweaked a tad and taste different from another kind. Every baking enthusiast has their own list of brownie recipes. From the recent peanut butter swirl mocha brownies to bacon brownies, I have mine too. Brownies are one of my favourite things to do with chocolate. The fudgier, the better. These have dark chocolate, dutch processed cocoa and chocolate chips, of course. It has a more deeper chocolate flavour than any other I’ve baked.

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Double chocolate fudge brownies

Double chocolate fudge brownies recipe

double chocolate brownies

Made these double chocolate fudge brownies for someone in the team today because it’s his birthday. He asked for an entire batch of brownies so he could sit by the window and eat them all by himself. What he wanted were fudgy gooey ones, so I altered my brownie recipe a little to see how it turns out. I don’t know what it tastes like because I gave him the whole thing! But it looked fantastic.

double chocolate brownies

That’s the thing about chocolate – it’s hard to go wrong. A good brownie recipe can be altered to suit your taste. Make them extra fudgy or cakey, or use milk chocolate or even frost them. I’ve even stuffed one batch with oreo cookies. For these, I played around with some condensed milk to make it gooey, reduced the flour and added cocoa to the condensed milk – that’s why the ‘double’ chocolate. Give these a shot and let me know how they turn out. Hardly takes any time.

double chocolate brownies

Prep + baking time: 30 mins

Yield: 9 brownies

Ingredients:

Dark cooking chocolate – 1 cup chopped up

Flour – 3/4 cup

Butter – 1/4 cup

Eggs – 2, at room temperature

Sugar – 1/2 cup (I went a tbsp less than that)

Vanilla – 1 tsp

Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

Cocoa – 1 tbsp

Condensed milk – 3 tbsp

Salt – a pinch (only if you’re using unsalted butter)

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line an 8/9 inch baking pan with parchment paper or greased with butter and dusted with flour.

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave or with the double boiler method (heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water). Take off the heat as soon as both are melted. Give it a mix. Don’t keep it in the heat for long else the mixture will curdle.

Stir it a little so it cools. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix immediately.

Tip the sugar and vanilla in. Mix again.

Mix the cocoa in 3 tbsp hot water and then with the condensed milk. Cocoa can dry out anything it goes into, that’s why you need to compensate that with the water. Pour it into the chocolate batter.

Now add the flour, baking soda and salt.

Gently fold it all together and pour it into the baking pan.

Bake for 20 mins.

Dust with cocoa or icing sugar before serving.

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Oreo stuffed brownies

I’m not a fan of brownies. I guess it’s what sawdust might taste like. But it’s still a big deal with many young people. And I also figured I have baked with them at all. There isn’t much one can do with them besides stuff them into your regular baked goodies. I was probably the only one who hadn’t got around to doing this. Late to the party, but I got brownies!

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Ingredients:

Chocolate – 1 cup cut into pieces

Butter – 1/4 cup

Flour – 3/4 cup

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Eggs – 2

Vanilla – 1 tsp

Baking soda – 1/4 tsp

Filter coffee decoction – a splash (optional)

Oreo cookies – 9

Salt – a pinch (omit if you’re using salted butter)

Method:

Preheat your oven at 180C while you move on to prepping. Around 10 mins.

Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave or by using the double boiler method.

Let it cool for a minute or two before you add the eggs in one at a time, whisking it well.

Add vanilla and sugar. Mix well.

Add the coffee decoction at this point if you have any.

Add the flour and baking powder, and gently fold into the chocolate mixture.

Line your baking tin with parchment paper and pour half the batter into it.

Line Oreo cookies leaving enough space between one another so you can cut the brownie easily.

Pour the remaining batter on top of the Oreos and bake for 22-25 mins.

Let it cool completely before cutting it up.

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Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

I remember watching a romcom, years ago, where Patrick Dempsey and his friend are about to have cream cheese swirl brownies. I wondered what that would be like, and it also opened me up to doing different things with brownies. I never got to try the cream cheese swirl ones because no one made it commercially and it wasn’t even made in bakeries or restaurants. I let it pass. But ever since I got my oven here in Gurgaon I’ve been trying out various brownies – mocha, bacon. It was time to give this one a shot. So, I did. They turned out pretty great and was a hit with friends and colleagues too. How could it not be? It’s like a mouthful of cheesecake AND brownie together!

I did look up recipes but all of them involved using cocoa powder and not chocolate. I went with my instincts and added the cream cheese element in my regular brownie batter itself. Thankfully, it worked.

Ingredients for the brownie:
1 cup dark chocolate chopped up
1/2 cup cold salted butter cut in pieces
3/4 cup brown sugar (or regular)
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the cream cheese swirl:
1 pack cream cheese (150 gms) at room temp
1/2 cup powdered white sugar
1 egg

Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients for the cream cheese swirl together and keep aside.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter and whisk till smooth,
3. Add eggs and mix well.
4. Add vanilla and sugar and mix well.
5. Add the flour and fold it into the chocolate mixture.
6. Tip the brownie batter on to your baking tin and leave a few spoonfuls for the swirls.
7. On top of the brownie batter pour the cream cheese mixture.
8. Now add the remaining brownie batter spoon by spoon on different spots. Use a toothpick and run it all over the batter to create swirls.
9. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 mins at 180 C.

Let it completely cool off before cutting it up into pieces. Trust me, this is one heck of a dessert and really quite simple to make.

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Bacon Brownies

Not too long ago, a colleague and friend brought us a bar of Bacon Chocolate from the U.S. Don’t pull a face – it was the best thing I’ve tasted in years. It was as if chocolate met bacon, they dated in someone’s kitchen and then I got to attend the wedding. It was all kinds of awesomeness. Now, I did know about bacon brownies but had never tried them – baking or otherwise. After the successful encounter with the bacon chocolate bar, I figured I’d give the brownies a shot. They turned out good. But there’s always scope to improve – and by improve I mean, add more bacon!

The short version: Add 1/2 cup of fried bacon bits and 4 tsp bacon fat to your regular brownie batter.

Ingredients:
1 cup chocolate
1/4 cup salted butter
3/4 cup brown or regular sugar
3/4 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup fried bacon bits
4 tsp bacon grease/fat

Method:
1. Microwave the chocolate and butter for 30 – 40 seconds and whisk till completely melted and smooth.
2. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
3. Add sugar.
4. Fold the flour into the batter.
5. Add the bacon bits and fat to the batter.
6. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins at 180C

Let it cool completely before demolishing it.

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Mocha Brownies

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Chocolate and coffee can bring world peace. I truly believe that. More so in the form of Mocha Brownies. I did my bit. You do yours. Make a batch and spread some love.

Ingredients:
Dark chocolate – 1 cup chopped
Salted butter – 1/4 cup
Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
Flour – 3/4 cup
Instant coffee powder – 2 tsp (or however strong/weak you’d like it to be)
Regular white sugar – 3/4 cup
Eggs – 2
Vanilla – 1/2 tsp

Method:
1. Melt chocolate and butter together – either in a microwave or using the double boiler method (pot over a pan of simmering water).
2. Break in the eggs and mix.
3. Add vanilla and sugars. Mix well.
4. Add the flour and coffee powder, and mix.
5. Bake for 25 mins in a nonstick or a well greased baking tin (8 inches) in a preheated oven at 180C.
6. Try the toothpick test. If it comes out with a few crumbs, it’s alright. If you still see the batter on the toothpick, bake it for another 5 mins.

Let it cool completely before you cut it up.

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