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03 October, 2010

THE ULTIMATE BROWNIE

Yes, I have to say (without being pompous) that last weekend I baked the best brownie of my life! It was so lovely, gooey, chewy and dense inside and at the same time crunchy on the outside. But...let the pictures talk for themselves. (no, this slice was not broke but the missing bits were rather eaten by someone... :)

brownie 
Brownie (prep. 20 mins, baking 30 mins)

150 g flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbs cocoa powder
400 g dark chocolate
220g butter
110g brown sugar
220 g caster sugar
5 eggs
1 pack of vanilla sugar
50g desiccated coconut
1 overripe banana

Turn on the oven to 180 degrees.
Melt the chocolate (Mr Microwave is my friend) at a low temperature. Let it cool to room temperature if overheated. Mix the two (actually three with the vanilla) types of sugar, and beat with the melted butter until the sugar dissolves. Add the eggs one by one and beat it with the food processor for 2-3 minutes (not more. too much air will prevent the brownie from being thick and chewy). Mash the banana with a fork and add to the liquid ingredients. Finally, add the melted chocolate to the mixture.
Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and the salt into the chocolate mixture. Add the coconut and stir evenly (it does not need too much stirring).
Pour the mixture into a baking tin (25cm x 35 cm) and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. When checking if ready poke a toothpick into the brownie and if it comes out almost clean (it does not have to come out clean) then it is ready. Take out of the oven immediately. Don't over bake it because it will end up in a dry piece of brick. Enjoy (I am sure that you will)!

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