Brother Brownie


“Think not dessert
But a bond strong & fair,
For well-being of he
Who is always there.
That grinning protector
You loved to fight with,
Dare you admit
That love them you did.
Of pillow fights
And pranks you play,
Never an ending moment
Much to the parent’s dismay!
So here’s to you brother
Boy you grew tall,
Forcing me to look up to you
Never letting me fall.
Brownies are a bribe
To keep my stand,
Of the one who gets pampered
And keeps the upper hand!”
150 grams (10-12 pieces) semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s) 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 large eggs
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup white or milk chocolate chips -optional
¼ cup chopped nuts (cashew and almonds)- optional
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 F).  Grease a square or rectangular baking tray and keep aside.
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water (water bath). Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar.  Once the mixture is a bit cool, stir in the vanilla essence and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, stir in the flour, salt, nuts and chocolate chips (if using).
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Make sure not to over bake as we want the brownies to be moist and fudgy in the center. Cool completely before cutting into 4-inch squares. Serve with vanilla ice cream!
Note: These freeze very well and can be stored up to a few months!