Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jade: Bitemybrownies

Jade's top pet peeve~ nuts in my brownies. I know all these Michelin-starred geniuses go on about contrasting textures but nothing offends me more than biting into a nut while I'm enjoying a thick, fudgy chunk of brownie. Doesn't help that I don't actually like chocolate to begin with. I've been searching high and low for a chocolate dessert that is rich enough to satisfy the occasional craving, yet light enough to not make me put down my fork after 2 forced bites. The tuckshop back in boarding school used to sell cakes from Secret Recipe and oh how everyone raved about the chocolate banana cake. I loved the idea of fruit and chocolate...a lot less crazy about the blah execution....even less amused by the fact that I was actually expected to pay for substandard cake. So I head, once again, into my kitchen, trying to make my world better, one well-made cake at a time ;)

Bananachoc brownies~~[Adapted from Alton Brown's brownies, which are sublime on their own...but I like to be different:P]

4 eggs
1/2cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
8 oz melted salted butter
1 1/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt

2 ripe bananas, 3 if they're smaller
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp caramel
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees

2. Slice bananas, dump them into a pan with the butter, caramel and salt and heat through so the butter and caramel melt, giving you this lovely toffee-ish sauce
3. Whisk eggs, add sugar and give another quick whisk
4. Add dry ingredients and mix till well combined
5. Add melted butter slowly, mixing as you go along
6. Butter a square pan, pour in half the brownie mix, spread the banana filling over it, and cover with the rest of the brownie batter
7. Bake for about 30 minutes. Without the bananas, 25 minutes is plenty..but with the extra weight of the bananas..a few extra minutes just helps it hold its shape better. I learnt the hard way when my brownie collapsed :(
8. Let cool completely, cut into generous squares and enjoy.

I have 10 squares left and I don't like chocolate. Any takers?


  1. HI Jade, I'll take thsoe brownies off your hands:) They sound fab but I have two banana haters in the family so maybe just half the lot then :) (Thanks for visiting and saying hello)

  2. oh em geee.. please fedex them to penang thankyouverymuch! i hate nuts in my brownies too.. i believe they should be slabs of half-cooked gooey chocolatey

  3. Another taker here! :) banana, chocolate, nuts, brownies, I don't dislike any of them.

  4. hahaha..awww..on their way :P thanks guys x

  5. Not a fan of chocolate too...but don't mind kek batek - choc with pieces of biscuits inside...or chocolate cake.