Saturday, 24 March 2018

Banana Nut Brownies

   Is there anything not to love about brownies, except for their slightly racist name. Soft, moist and yummy,they are simply impossible to resist. Eat them a day after baking or right out of the pan, warm with a scoop of ice cream on the side, they are really delicious. I recently had a spiced version of brownie, pan cooked and straight out of the grill with a scoop of 'Gluehwein' ice cream, it tasted simply divine. And to top all that they are so easy to bake, you don't even have to beat the batter. Once you start baking them at home you'd never ever buy them from the shops.The regular brownies I bake at home are a very dense,moist  and Chocolatey version, but these one are soft and simply melt in your mouth. I found the recipe in one of the old BBC good food magazines.I'm probably one of the most outdated foodies you'll come across, I discovered BBC good food only before a year. Just leafing through them is such a delight.The pictures and the props are so beautiful that they put me to shame as a food blogger. I was surprised when I realised that they even have an Indian version of the magazine.
    I'm more of a 'Book' person than a 'Magazine' person.My favourite magazine has almost always been the 'Reader's digest'. I started reading them when I was 10 and all that I could read and understand back then were the sections, 'All in a day's work' and 'Laughter the best medicine'. Through the years the Editors have managed to keep the quality of the magazine intact. With the market today full with all kinds of magazines, with their glossy covers and countless ads, 'Reader's digest' is still one of the magazines where the content is given more importance. It would probably be the first magazine I would ask my kids to read when they are 10, just like my Dad. I still remember sitting with him and a dictionary :) and reading my first Reader's digest ! I read the German version of it now, as we don't find the English version.And funnily after 25 years, I still read it with a Dictionary at my side :)
   Coming to me being a 'Book' person I just finished reading two books,one of them being my usual thriller and the other one, though being sort of a thriller, really got me thinking. I would write about it soon in a new post. So off to the recipe !

You'll Need:
Butter - 150g
Muscovado sugar/Brown Sugar - 300 g  1 and 1/2 cups
Dark Chocolate(broken) - 175g
Walnut - 100g
Eggs -3 large ones(beaten)
Bananas - 2 big ripe (mashed)
All Purpose Flour - 100g
Cocoa Powder - 2 tbsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
-Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 150°C(with fan)
-To a baking paper lined tray add the Walnuts and leave them in the oven for 7- 8 minute. Then take them out and break the walnut with your finger into small pieces.
-Butter the baking pan(18 X 23 cm) , sprinkle flour on the sides and line the base with baking paper.
-In a small bowl mix the flour, baking powder and cocoa
-To a pan add the butter,sugar and chocolate and on low flame let them melt. Gently stir them from time to time to help it melt. Remove the pan from the heat.
-Add the walnuts, beaten eggs and mashed bananas , and with a spatula mix well.
-Add the flour, baking powder and cocoa mixture and again mix well with the spatula.
-Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and bake from 35 - 45 minutes, or until when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean without anything sticking to it.
-Let it cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for a week !

-The actual recipe calls for 175 g of butter, but it tastes good with 125 - 150 g of butter.
-You can replace the Walnuts with any nuts or mixture of nuts of your choice.
-I used two large Dole Bananas

Thanks for stopping by ! Have a sweet day !
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