Chocolate Brownies (+ a Feature and Exhibition)

So I made some chocolate brownies (how original!). But first! Some housekeeping.

SBS Food were recently kind enough to interview me as part of their Featured Foodie series. I once considered these badges some ~top tier stuff~ before meekly venturing into the foodblogging world so it feels surreal baring one of my own. Have a read of my interview whereby I discuss things that are both awesome and terrifying (I am a closet neurotic). Thank you, SBS!

Secondly! I’ll be in Melbourne for a couple of days for the Vignetting Victoria exhibition. If you’re free and in town please come down, it’s at Federation Square plus I’m fairly certain there will be free booze on opening night (after all, that’s the real reason we attend exhibition openings). My holga camera first pushed me into enjoying photography years ago so I’m really excited to be part of this. The image used in the poster is actually one of mine which is another very nice thing.

And now, finally, let’s talk brownie. After a near melt down over twitter the other day I was barely able to post these photos. Brownies are just so… ordinary. And, similarly to my cheesecake rant they are something I never, ever order for fear of disgusting, dry crumbs and unsavoury nuts all over my plate. No thanks! Needless to say I made up this recipe recently as a reaction against all that is gross about gross brownies because I am so postmodern and have far too much time on my hands and also wanted chocolate. This is exactly the sort of thing I imagine people downing an entire tray of whilst crying to themselves on the couch. That’s my measure of a damn good dessert. Cry-eating.

I made these again the other day for a weekend picnic, cut them up into miniature bites and staged them in a vintage-esque cup and saucer amongst some yellow fabric I had left over from a recent photo shoot. I then did that thing where I doubted myself, had a brain vommy whilst reviewing said photos and did a little cry-eating but I’m ok now. I’m ok because my friends said these were delicious and, dare I say, “moist”? No. Let’s just stick with chewy and delicious. I tried making them with a little dulce de leche swirl but the flavour seemed to dissolve in the baking process; I’m not coining the term “brownies with dulce de leche swirl”, at least not yet, because it wouldn’t be fair to post a recipe that doesn’t deliver as per its glorious header. CLOSEUP!

Aw yeah. It’s one bowl. There’s some salt, cinnamon and coffee to give it all a little more somethin’-somethin’. No nuts, all chocolate. I know every single food blog in the universe has a brownie recipe but I’d like to think mine fares pretty well so next time you need a chocolate hug give these a try.

Chocolate Brownies
80g milk chocolate
100g dark chocolate (I used 85%)
80g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs dried coffee
3 tbs hot water

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Gently melt chocolate with butter. Add sugar and stir to combine. Add eggs one at a time and stir vigurously until once again combined. Add the flour, salt and cinnamon and combine once more. Add the dried coffee to hot water until dissolved then add to the brownie mixture and stir once more.
3. Pour mixture into a square tin lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

See you on Tuesday if you can make it to opening night! Come say hello! Otherwise… #cryeating!

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  1. Winston’s avatar

    Awwww awesome stuff, Alana!! HUGE congrats to you on the SBS Feature. Really shows how you’ve achieved a meteoric rise to success for receiving such a highly respectable accolade in such a short amount of time since starting your blog. Glad the rest of Australia can recognise your talent now. Good stuff! And YUM I trust your recipes a 100% and if they’re good enough for you, I’m sure they’re good enough for anybody. You seem to be able to have that flaky top that I enjoy but can never achieve with my own brownies. Gotta give these babies a go. Congrats again =)

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  2. jessica’s avatar

    i can’t pretend to understand the anxieties of food bloggers but sometimes your own version of something really simple can be a great post. maybe they’re not the most original thing out there but i would never say no to brownies, especially not soft chewy brownies with salt & at least a hint of a caramel swirl in them! there’s no need to doubt yourself, if i were presented with a tray of these brownies i’m sure i’d sit and eat the whole thing and the only tears being shed would be ones of joy! x

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  3. JasmyneTea’s avatar

    Lol I actually like the word “moist”, it makes the oldies shudder. And there’s nothing more hilarious than making an elderly lady blush because she’s thinking about fornication.
    Anyway, hooray for your feature and exhibition! You really deserve it. Your brownies look delish – I normally don’t buy brownies because of the same fear of disappointment, but if there’s anyone’s recipes I’d trust it’s yours.

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  4. Nic@diningwithastud’s avatar

    Congrats on the write up :) awesome job! I wish I was eating these brownies while reading your interview lol

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  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes’s avatar

    These brownies look HEAVENLY! Congratulations on the feature.

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  6. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    Congratulations on being an SBS Foodie! And great work on those brownies. I’ve bookmarked it and am ready to rock and roll ;)

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  7. Sherilyn @ Wholepromise’s avatar

    I have just stumbled across your blog via the “eat, drink, blog” site. Congrats on the nomination.. These brownies – oh my. I like to thing I would be able to stop at one but then again………….

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  8. Kelly’s avatar

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/perfect-chocolate-brownie-recipe/
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kelly

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