Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A feel good cake, or brownies at work.

Brownies, or chocolate cake is the very first cake I remember baking myself. I still remember the piece of paper on which I wrote the recipe, slightly yellow and with grease stains from the ingredients. I got it from a friend of mine who mastered the cooking skills way before me. She could instantaneously or using her magical powers make a big plate of crepes, hot cocoa, or chocolate cake. In my house I never even dared starting the oven - mom and dad were responsible for feeding us and I always knew that I'll learn when the right time comes.

The right time didn't come for a while until one day I met this very special someone that loves homemade meals... No other choice - and that's how I fell in love with mixing, tasting, and the idea of offering every single day something made with love....

I don't have anymore the little faded piece of paper with the chocolate cake recipe. I remember it's taste and many times try to recreate it. No success so far.

This attempt was a 'happy bday' cake for someone at work. I'm very lucky to work in a big office with 20-something people and many many birthdays to bake for. Who knows maybe one day I manage to recreate that cake I remember, meantime discovering many others....?

Brownies - a feel good cake.
prep time 10min, baking time 35min

120g flour
1/2 tea spoon baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa
150 g butter
250g sugar
80g nuts (hazelnuts or walnuts) chopped
4 eggs (beaten)
200 g dark chocolate (150g melted + 50 g chopped into small pieces)

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and flour an 35x 30cm baking pan.
2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and cocoa.
3. Melt butter and sugar on low heat constantly stirring. When well combined set aside to cool.
4. In a separate pan, also on very low heat, melt 150g of chocolate then set aside to cool.
5. In a mixer, beat eggs (about 3min) then add butter/sugar/baking powder, constantly mixing. When all well combined add melted chocolate and then slowly flour mix, hazelnuts and chopped chocolate.
6.Spread batter into prepared pan and put to bake for 35min. 

This recipe comes from my very first cooking book Pascal Brodnicki ' just cook' vol 2. It reminds me a bit the American brownies and they definitely make everyone feel good!

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