Gourmet at home: Classic Chocolate Brownie
Fancy a gourmet meal without the gourmet prices? Le Pain Quotidien's head chef and founder Alain Coumont shares this delicious recipe for you to make at home.
Brownies are a delicious treat but usually cost upwards of Rs50. At cake shops and patisseries you can get them for around Rs60-80, but even at a normal restobar the combination of a brownie with ice cream will set you back by at least Rs200 – at Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) it costs Rs250, although this is a Belgian chocolate brownie. We’ve got this classic chocolate brownie recipe by Alain Coumont, head chef and founder of LPQ. Quite obviously, the chef recommends the use of good quality (and expensive) chocolate for best results. But you can attempt this recipe even with local varieties and still enjoy the treat.
1. Put some water in a pan and bring it to a boil. In a cooking bowl put butter and chocolate together and place the bowl in the boiling water.
2. In another bowl whisk together eggs and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
3. When the chocolate is melted with the butter, take the bowl off the boiling water.
4. Fold the chocolate mix into the egg mix. Do this slowly so the heat of the chocolate doesn’t cook the eggs.
5. Sift flour into the mix, making sure to avoid lumps.
6. For baking, put paper cups into moulds, pour 130gm of this mix into it and bake in a preheated oven at 165oC for 35-40 minutes.
7. To check whether the brownie is cooked or not, put a knife through it. If it comes back nice n clean means the brownie is good to go.
8. Serve it warm with a sprinkle of sugar and scoop of ice-cream.
The recipe will make nine brownies and the total amount you spend should be around Rs235. So the price per brownie can be as low as Rs26! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for Rs15-20 and you have your brownie with ice cream for under Rs50!