Everyday Brownies by Nigella Lawson – What are everyday brownies and how are they different from chocolate brownies? Madhushree had the answers ready.
There can be various reasons for Nigella Lawson to be like a centrespread of a 1970’s Playboy magazine in the cooking world but keeping aside all the factors, she makes cooking look easy. She personifies sinful eating in her shows which tickles all the sensory nerves possible.
Is chocolate brownie the easiest dessert to make? I have no idea as I don’t bake at home. I haven’t baked anything in my life till now.
I love to eat chocolate brownie and many a times for a non dessert loving person like me, chocolate brownie has been a great source of comfort. How should I explain the smell in house when a brownie is being baked? It’s the scent of butter, chocolate and vanilla mixed together creating a tantalizing sensation. It is the feeling of happiness just like the time when you see the first clouds of autumn (a tell – tale sign of steadily approaching Durga Puja), listen to any of the background pieces of Satyajit Ray or a cricket writing by Harsha Bhogle.
Unlike most of the other baking at home, which makes subtle noises like a whole lot of things spread on the dining table, Tugga excitedly jumping around to help Madhushree; these Chocolate brownies gets made silently and the father and son duo comes to know about the chocolate brownie when the baking tray is kept for cooling on the dining table.
Did you know
Some myths state that a chef accidentally added melted chocolate to some biscuits, or was baking cake but didn’t have enough flour; still others say that a housewife in Bangor, Maine, forgot to add baking powder to her chocolate cake. But most evidence points to one source: Chefs at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel, who created the tasty treat for the World Columbian Exposition of 1893. In case you know anything more about this, then let me know. Ref – here
Between the baking tray cooling off and the entire batch of chocolate brownie ending, no one keeps a time as all fail. The chocolate brownie makes a silent entry with morning tea, proudly goes with Tugga’s tiffin and like a clandestine affair, plays peek a boo in a mid meal break.
These everyday brownies are a part of the household and can be found on most of the days lying here and there. The everyday brownies can be baked with everyday ingredients found in most kitchens. There is no requirement for high quality dark chocolate or cooking chocolate. Instead it can be made with some cocoa powder and plain old milk chocolate. There are no complex techniques involved and in just under 10 mins, it can be shoved inside the oven.
One of the most common mistakes in a chocolate brownie is when its dry and it crumbles or it has got very cake like structure or it’s too dense. It may sound easy to make but maintaining a perfect balance between baking powder, time in oven gets critical.
Let us wait when the next batch comes to table for cooling off.