Perhaps we are all familiar with the name Brownies. They are flat, square shaped dessert blocks, brown in colour, hailing from USA. The texture of brownies is somewhere in between cakes and soft cookies and these fudgy or sometimes cakey brownies can be made with or even without baking. It is often enriched with different nuts, chocolate chips and other ingredients and served with ice cream, whipped cream or powdered sugar sprinkled atop.
Here I present the baked version of brownies which is made with melted chocolate and pecan nuts. Enjoy the super delicious pecan chocolate brownies with a hot cup of tea.
Ingredients to serve 20 :
- Unsalted butter – 225 gm. + extra for greasing
- Plain chocolate – 70 gm.
- Plain flour – 125 gm.
- Bicarbonate of soda – ¾ teaspoon
- Baking powder – ¼ teaspoon
- Pecans – 55 gm.
- Demerara sugar – 100 gm.
- Almond extract – ½ teaspoon
- Egg – 1
- Milk – 1 teaspoon
Grease a large baking tin and line it with baking paper.
Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water and heat until it is melted. Meanwhile, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl.
Finely chop the pecans and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then mix in the almond extract and the egg. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir into the butter mixture. Add the flour mixture, milk and chopped nuts to the bowl and stir until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and smooth it. Transfer to a preheated oven, 180°C/350°F, and cook for 30 minutes, or until firm to touch (it should still be a little soft in the centre). Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into 20 squares and serve.