I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate; and I love nut, so it is perfect to combine this two ingredients together and make this chocolate brownies, and even better, that is without any butter in this recipe. It just fit in my diet plan and not feeling any guilt.
It definitely is one of my flavourite recipe.
- Self-raising flour 200g
- Baking powder 1 tsp
- Cocoa powder 40g (I use 20g)
- Plain or Milk chocolate, chopped 160g (reserve a handful for topping)
- Large egg 4
- Golden caster sugar 260g (I use 235g)
- Vanilla extract 1 tsp
- Orange zest 2 tsp
- Natural yogurt or mayonnaise 8 tbsp ( or use Crème fraiche or vegetable oil )
- Walnut 100g ( or use any nut as you like ), reserve a handful for topping
- Pinch of salt
- Sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder, set aside for later use.
- Rough chop the walnut.
- Prepare a lined and greased baking tray, 22cm x 32 cm
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over the hot water make sure the bowl is not touching the hot water, this method is called: bain-marie.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C ( for fan oven ) or gas mark 4.
- Beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until thick and fluffy, then add the vanilla extract, use the spatula to mix well.
- Add the melted chocolate and the orange zest into the egg mixture, use hand whisk to whisk everything combine together.
- Sieve one more time of the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and salt into the chocolate mixture, slightly fold it with spatula and make sure there is no lumps.
- Then fold the yogurt and walnuts in, mix it all together.
- Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared baking tray, smooth the surface and place into the oven, bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, use a Skewer or wood stick to test the cake, if it come out clean, that is done; if not, put it back to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes, and test again until it cook.
- Open the oven in half-way and let the cake sit in the oven for another 5 minutes.
- Then take it out and let it cool down on a wire rack.
- You can put 1/2 tsp of chilli powder in the mixture, if you like.
- If some people doesn’t like nut, you can put dry fruits in, like dry cranberry, or without any. It just your personal like.
- I just fancy to put some white chocolate on top to make it like snow, so I melted 200g of white chocolate and spread it on top.