Want to know how to make chocolate brownies, these tips will have you making the best brownies very time!
How to Make Chocolate Brownies – Tips For Success
1. Use Good Quality Chocolate
The better the chocolate the better the brownies. Use a good quality dark chocolate that contains at least 60% cacao.
Dark chocolate is ideal for making brownies, but you could also use milk chocolate chips or chocolate chunks of your favorite eating chocolate.
2. Choose The Right Sugar
Use brown sugar and not white sugar. Brown sugar has molasses in it, and this will help to make the brownies fudge like.
3. Enhance The Flavour With Caffeine
Add a tablespoon of strong brewed coffee to the mix, this will bring out the chocolate flavour. If you don’t have brewed coffee, add up to 1 level tablespoon of dried coffee granules to the brownie batter.
4. Carefully Melt The Butter and Chocolate
Use a double boiler to melt the butter with the sugar, chocolate (or cocoa powder). You have more control over the heat and can a avoid burning the mixture.
5. Watch The Temperature When Adding Eggs
If using eggs in the batter don’t add these to a too a hot chocolate mixture (the mixture should be cool to the touch). Otherwise, you will have scramble eggs in the mixture.
6. Don’t Over Mix
Don’t over beat the mixture when combining the dry and wet ingredients, rather gently fold the dry ingredients with the wet and only until the dry is fully incorporated.
7. Use Sliver Metal Baking Pans
It’s best to use metal pans for baking brownies because they cook more evenly.
8. Always Line The Tins
Always line the tin with parchment paper and have it extended up past the sides of the tin for easy removal.
9. Evenly Spread The Batter
Make sure to spread the batter evenly into the baking pan for even cooking. You can even firmly tap the tin on the bench several times to help the batter even out.
10. Don’t Over Cook
It is better to have them slightly under cooked than over cooked. Over cooking brownies will make them dry.
11. Watch The Time
Use a timer, set the timer about 5 minutes less than the time recommended in the recipe. Then keep a close eye on them toward the end of cooking.
12. Oven Temperatures Vary
Be aware cooking times will vary as from oven to oven. So, your brownies may cook quicker or take a little longer than what was stated on the recipe.
13. Ensure Even Cooking
Turn the tin 180 degrees halfway during cooking time will also help with even cooking. It will also prevent a spot from being over cooked if your oven has a hot spot.
14. Do The Skewer Test
Bake them until a skewer inserted comes out almost clean and with just a few crumbs sticking to it. If batter sticks to the skewer cook a little longer, then test again.
15. Slightly Undercook Brownies
Brownies will continue to cook as they cool so, make sure that they are a little under cooked when removed from the oven.
16. Cool Completely
Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting and eating. Cooling allows the flavours to develop and makes cutting easier.
17. Easy Cutting
After the brownies have cooled use a serrated knife for easy cutting. If the brownies are too gooey and stick to the knife, dip the knife in a jug of hot water and wipe dry before making each cut.
18. Chill Before Serving
Brownies are better the next day after spending some time in the fridge or freezer, the cold makes them chewier. Just note, if you have frozen the brownies, allow them to thaw a little before eating.
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