Thursday, 29 January 2015

Half Batch Brownies

We are a small family, two adults and a cat, so I frequently divide recipes in half.  We could eat that cake that serves twelve but we know we shouldn't.  As for brownies, devouring a whole batch is easy to do...naughty, but easy!


If we are sharing with friends and family, a whole batch of brownies is fine.  For a weekend treat for two, half a batch is better.  Here's my half-size brownie recipe complete with full size flavour:

Half Batch Brownies

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil - I use canola
1 cup (caster) sugar
2 medium eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat the oven to 350F/180C.  Grease a square baking tin and line the bottom with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl using a spoon,  stir together the oil and sugar.  Add the eggs and mix until well combined.  Stir in the salt, vanilla, and baking powder. 


Beat in the cocoa powder, making sure there are no lumps, then stir in the flour.  


Pour the batter into the prepared pan, gently thump the tin on the work surface to settle any bubbles in the batter.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes.  Check the brownies after about 20 minutes.  You DO NOT want to over bake them. Brownies should be fudgy in the center.  


Once baked, allow the brownies to cool before cutting into nine generous squares.  This is where I get into trouble.  It's nearly impossible not to eat a warm brownie but do try to hold off for as long as possible.  Keep your half batch fresh by storing them in an airtight container.  These will be gone long before the weekend is over! 

8 comments:

  1. Amazing!!!! They remind me of the brownies my grandmother once made!!! I will save your recipe here!! Happy Thursday!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. It's such an easy recipe and you will have all the ingredients you need already!

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  2. Yum! My daughter has already asked if she can make these xx

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    1. She will be a brownie making expert in no time at all! x

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  3. Just two adults (and not even a cat!) here too now, so I like your idea of half batches. Your brownies look delicious.

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    1. Only three left! Maybe I should have made a whole batch. ; D

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  4. Brownies are my favorite if I make a whole pan, then I will most definitely end up eating the whole the thing. The thing is I trick myself, by only taking a sliver and before I know the whole pan is gone!

    I might have to try your half batch idea!! Very clever, I like it!! ;0)

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    1. I wish I had your will power! I can't resist brownies and love the batter even more than the baked brownies. I also do half batch cakes and make them into single layer cakes or a few cupcakes.

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