½cupchocolate chips or broken chocolate of your choice.
2teaspoonall purpose flour.
Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees F / 180 deg C.
Line a 8 " square pan with parchment paper horizontally and vertically with a bit of over hang for easy pick up after baking.
Toss the choco chips and nuts into 2 teaspoon all purpose flour. Keep aside. This will avoid them sinking at the bottom of the pan during baking.
For the batter we will be using double boiler method.
Choose a medium size heat safe bowl which can sit easily on a saucepan.
Heat some water in the saucepan on medium heat. Water level should be just 2-3 inches high. Water should be simmering and not a rolling boil. Adjust temperature of water accordingly.
Place a heatproof bowl over the saucepan . The water in the saucepan shouldn’t be touching the bowl above .
Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to that heat proof bowl. Add in oil too.
Now vigorously stir oil and butter together until its melted and emulsified well for about 20 seconds . This step will avoid the butter to break even if the temperature is a bit high giving you smooth silky batter later.
Now add in the sugar and cocoa powder to the bowl and stir well with butter and oil mixture until combined which will take about less than 1 minute .
At first the mixture will look gritty and rough.
But it will smooth out later after adding rest of the ingredients.
Take the bowl off the saucepan and let it cool a bit until lukewarm before adding yogurt.
After 2 minutes or when the cocoa mixture in lukewarm and not very hot ,slowly stir in yogurt and vanilla until incorporated well and smooth.
See below the mixture is smooth already.
In a separate bowl sift in flour and baking powder.
Now add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet ingredients .
Combine everything gently with a spoon or a spatula until smooth and lump free.
Do not over mix – not more than 50 strokes .
Now fold in some nuts and choco chips in the batter if desired.
Pour the batter evenly in the lined pan.
Top it with some nuts and chocolates if desired .
Tap the pan gently on your countertop to release any air bubbles.
Bake it in a pre heated oven on the middle rack for 23-30 minutes or until the top is set to touch and crinkly and the brownies leave the sides . Check at 25 minute mark.
Toothpick test does not work with brownies . If you are really confused about your brownies being done or not then insert a tooth pick in the center and it should not come out with liquid batter.
If the toothpick comes out clean that means you have over baked the brownies. Few crumbs are perfect.
Remember that the brownies continue to bake even after they are out of the oven.
Once done take the pan out of the oven and place it on a cooling rack.
Let the brownie completely cool before taking it out of the pan .
For clean cut edges of the brownies , after its completely cooled place the pan in the fridge for at least 3 hours before cutting ( I cant wait that long ;) )
Lift up the parchment overhang and place the brownies on the cutting board.
With a help of sharp serrated knife cut 8 large or 16 small pieces.
Enjoy it cold or warm it up for 10 seconds in your microwave . Both ways it tastes out of this world.
You may use foil liner instead of parchment paper.Just lightly grease it with oil.If using plastic clips to secure parchment as I have done in the picture above, remove them before baking the brownies .I have used raw sugar i.e vegan . You may use sugar of your choice.If sugar granules are large then after measuring you may pulse it in your blender and use.I have used soy yogurt , use yogurt of your choice.I never feel the need of adding any extra liquid to the batter but yogurt thickness may vary so if the batter is too thick then add 1 tablespoon of water.I have used canola oil. Use oil of your choice.If vegan, earth balance butter works great.If using unsalted butter add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the dry ingredients.Use nuts of your choice or skip.I have used Ghirardelli's bittersweet chocolate chips .
How to Store Chocolate brownies -
Store brownies in cool dry place for up to 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days .
Can you freeze Chocolate Brownies -
You may wrap individual brownie pieces in cling wrap and foil and freeze them up to 3 months . Thaw overnight in the fridge or over the counter on room temperature for 1-2 hours before eating.