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Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies Recipe

by Sonia on March 11, 2010

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When I saw those cute brownies at Jugalbandi’s place I knew that I will be making it very very soon. Though, I am not big fan of brownies itself but He does love anything with dark chocolates. He can finish off anything that includes dark chocolates. He never forget to say his usual line that…”the dark chocolate is best thing and can lift up my dull mood instantly. Okay! I have v.very easy idea to please him. ;)

Did you know the dark chocolates and cocoa have far more antioxidants than blueberries, green tea and red wine.

For me, I love the plain chocolate only and I can eat only one or two pieces at a time. Nope! even the best chocolates from Belgium or Swiss don’t melt my heart!  ;) I am a Vanilla gal instead! :) Yes…yes I can eat Vanilla ice-cream every other day. :) Since in this recipe, both Vanilla and dark chocolate are being married so I happily made it. :D I did adjust the taste to suit our (my!) taste-buds. I have completely omitted the chocolate chips, instead I used the toasted -chopped almonds for a nutty flavour.

But wait…I must warn you that you need a lot of muscle power to mix the batter. I think I should have used my hand-held mixture or food processor. You may use your food-processor (with setting batter blade) or hand-hand mixture. If you have any, feel free to use to mix the batter.

Remember you have to just mix and stir the ingredients on low speed using your processor or mixture and take care not to over mix or whisk. I have both gadgets in my kitchen but I didn’t know that it would take my loads of energy. However, my efforts were paid off. We truly enjoyed these brownies. I would definitely try it again as my hubby totally loved it.

I closely followed the original recipe except I did have minor changes with ingredients. Okay! Ready to go…

Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz (approx 225 grams) fine quality dark chocolates -roughly chopped ~ I used Nestle 70% Cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 6 Tbsp Unsweetened Apple Sauce ~ I used home made Apple Sauce
  • ¾ C Sugar (less or more)
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¾ C Whole wheat pastry flour or AP flour (I used AP flour) + ¼ C Ground Almond
  • 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Instant espresso or Coffee powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cognac, Coffee liqueur or brandy - optional (I didn’t use any)
  • 1 C bittersweet Chocolate Chips ~ I used toasted -chopped almonds (optional)
  • For toppings - Sliced almonds
Instuctions
  1. Preheat the oven 350° F. Line an aluminium foil in 12 x 9" baking pan. (mine baking pan was 30cm x19 cm). In a big bowl, melt the chocolates, butter and applesauce using double boiler. Stirring continuously until the mixture is smooth and silky. Remove from the heat. While it is still lukewarm, add the sugar, vanilla and liqueur if using. Mix it well.
  2. To this, add the eggs, one at a time. Add in the salt, cocoa powder, coffee powder. Now add the flours in 3-4 instalments. Mix the batter until incorporated. I used my silicon spatula. Finally mix in toasted-chopped almonds or chocolate chips. And garnish with the sliced almonds on top of it.
  3. Tip the batter into prepared baking pan and tap the pan against the kitchen counter to release the air bubbles. Bake it in the middle of a preheated oven for 25 mins or until a tester comes out clean. (Mine was ready in 22 mins.) Take it out once it's done and cool it completely on wire rack. Remove the foil and cut it into bars.
  4. Store them in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

I enjoyed it with Buttermilk ice-cream and my hubby loved it cooled and without ice-cream. I prefer warm brownies so I would microwave it for 15-17 seconds. Yum!

They were very delicious and heavenly! Thank you Jugalbandi. :)

Recipe Source: Jugalbandi and epicurious

  • Looks yum, with a scoop of icecream wud taste heavenly!
    .-= Sharmilee´s last blog ..Poha Peanut Fudge / Aval Kadala burfi =-.

    • Sonia

      Yes, it’s indeed heavenly. :)

  • Looks gooey n yummy. I love it warm too :)

    • Sonia

      Glad..i m not alone. Thanks. :)

  • i have made this long back too, from JB’s site. loved it!

    • Sonia

      have you posted this in your blog or somewhere?

  • great recipe for a chocolate lover like me.Thanks for bringing to notice.

    • Sonia

      Yeah, if you’re chocolate lover then you would love it. Try it sometime.

  • Yummmmy !!

    • Sonia

      Thanks Mala.

  • Cham

    I love dark choco too and remember seeing at Bee’s place!
    Looks perfectly moist and nutty on top!

    • Sonia

      Thank you Cham. This time i loved brownies, even though i m not fan of dark choco.

  • Nityaa

    hi soniaa…
    superb…really…you are expert in all kind of receipe..i will also try this one..photos are also attractive..

    Nityaa..

    • Sonia

      Thanks a lot Nityaa for your kind words. This is not mine recipe but adapted from Jagalbandi’s place.
      And not only the pics are attractive but also brownies are. :D Do try someday if you love dark choco. :)

  • They look great! and I loved the idea of buttermilk ice cream!:)
    .-= Mansi´s last blog ..Vegetarian Hyderabadi Biryani =-.

    • Sonia

      Thank you Mansi! Every time I enjoyed it with ice-cream. :)

  • PJ

    ooohh… dark chocolate brownies look so delicious! i am with your husband here, there is nothing like dark chocolate though I am glad you found the match of DC and vanilla here :) I have been looking forward to this recipe since you mentioned eating it recently on fb.
    .-= PJ´s last blog ..Moroccan fish stew over couscous (with a vegetarian alternative) =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks PJ! Wish I could send you some. :)

  • mmmm the brownie looks so deliciously tempting..I am drooling over the clicks..awesome..
    .-= Deepa G Joshi´s last blog ..Introducing PJ as today’s Guest blogger =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Deepa. They were really awesome. :)

  • hi sonia
    ice cream and brownie = perferct match bravo to you !! cheers from Paris Pierre
    .-= pierre´s last blog ..Soleil de crème Chiboust au jasmin, brunoise de fruits exotiques =-.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Pierre! Glad you liked it. :)

  • I have been meaning to make Brownies for a long time now. Hopefully I will be inspired after seeing this beauty.
    .-= RedChillies´s last blog ..Ugadi Wishes (and some spring pictures) =-.

    • Sonia

      RC, do try some day and i’m sure you will like it. Thanks for your comment. :)

  • this looks yumm… first time on your blog… love the recipes… am definitely making the chole :)

    • Sonia

      Welcome Indhu! Thanks for stopping by. and many thanks for your words. :)

  • Oh these babies look divine especially with a dollop of vanilla ice cream! I totally agree with your hubby, dark chocolate is the best!
    .-= Parita´s last blog ..Celebrating 1st Anniversary with Eggless Blueberry Coffee Cake =-.

  • Oh My I’m in chocolate heaven ! Wish i could just pick one piece off the screen … lol !

    • Sonia

      Kajal, help yourself! :) Thanks.

  • Unlike you, I’m a big chocolate fan and my kids are no different..lol.Will try your version sometimes soon :D
    .-= Namitha´s last blog ..Vanilla Cupcakes =-.

    • Sonia

      Welcome Namitha! Most of the ppl loves dark chocolates except me. ;) Thanks for your feedback here. :)

  • This is deadly … awesome pic dear

  • almond + chocolate = Irresistible :-)

  • Suma Gandlur

    Looks yummy.

  • Jagruti

    Hey Sonia
    those brownies looks cute and great with ice-cream..you are just like me no chocolate can melt my heart either!!ya but hubby and my daughter would wipe that plate easily.. pics looks great

  • aruna

    Gorgeous pics…..am drooling!

  • Devu

    hey soniaben,
    ur site is so tempting,,
    great work my dear lily sis…
    keep it up..god bless u..tc..jsk..

  • Hi, I can’t understand how to add your web-site in my rss reader. Can you Assist me, please

    • Sonia

      Hi, look at right hand sidebar just below “Recent Posts”, there is a option for RSS reader. Just click on it. Hope this helps. :)

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