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Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {Happy Birthday Dad}

February 27, 2014
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Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {healthinspirations.net}

Today is my dad’s birthday and unfortunately, as per usual, I can’t be  home to celebrate with him. But that didn’t stop me from making some super fudgy and extremely rich brownies. I agree with Kathryn {who celebrated 3 years of blogging earlier this week} that brownies are the perfect way to celebrate and while my mom and brother baked a super-healthy cake for my family to have today, I’ll enjoy a couple of squares of these brownies in my dad’s honor!

I thought today would present the perfect opportunity to dedicate an entire post and recipe to one of the most important men in my life. It’s quite a shame really how little I see or talk to my dad. Work keeps him extremely busy and he travels a lot, which means that even my mom usually only sees him a few hours during the week. Even today, on his birthday he won’t be home. You’d assume that after a busy work week, all my dad would want to do during the weekend is relax, but more often than not he’s out and about.

Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {healthinspirations.net}

Unlike so many men, my dad loves to go shopping. His favorite things to buy are undoubtedly newspapers and magazines, but he’s also quite fond of buying items to decorate our house with, like rugs, sofas and LOTS of Christmas décor. He’s made a tradition of buying newspapers {Financial Times, Economist, etc.} on Sundays and then he’ll spend the entire day ripping out clippings. Then, whenever I come home, I find an assortment of articles, ranging from food, health, fashion and beauty, waiting for me in my room. On top of that, my dad also brings me back fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle when he’s abroad, although I’m pretty sure he swipes those from the airport lounge! But it’s those little things that make such a big difference.

Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {healthinspirations.net}

My dad and I have several things in common. We both love collecting things {my dad collects newspapers, I collect EVERYTHING, mostly clothes, shoes but also have a hard time parting from books and magazines}. We’re world-class shoppers {I particularly love it when we shop together and he offers to pay for my stuff}. We love running {he’s a natural, I have to train hard to keep up}, hiking {my dad chases me up the mountains} and we’re both very competitive {this makes our runs together pure torture}.

Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {healthinspirations.net}

Quite often I’ll get random calls at the weekend when my dad’s in town shopping and he’ll ask me for my dress or shoe size when he spots something he thinks I would like. We’ve had several incidents where I was not consulted beforehand and then came home to an outfit which I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen for myself. But mostly, my dad’s fashion sense for men and women is quite good {probably because he reads all those fashion magazines before giving them to me}.

Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {healthinspirations.net}

Without my dad my life would look very different. He’s been extremely supportive of me and my siblings our entire life. Without him we wouldn’t have had the chance to grow up in Indonesia and we owe it to both our parents that they’ve always encouraged us to explore the world, study and work abroad while at the same time still guiding us, even if we happened to be at opposite ends of the world.

I know I’m biased, but my dad really is the best father anyone could ask for and  best of all, after all those years he still calls me his little princess, which is just too cute!

Happy Birthday Dad, I love you!

Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies {healthinspirations.net}

Double Chocolate & Nut Brownies

makes 6-8 brownies {13 x 17cm baking pan}

Ingredients:

  • 130g butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 120g soft brown sugar
  • 100 dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 30g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 40g nuts {roasted and roughly chopped – see notes}
  • 40g white chocolate {I used Ritter Sport White Whole Hazelnuts}

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking pan. Heat up a pot of water. On top of that place a bowl {make sure it doesn’t touch the water}. Transfer the butter, brown sugar and dark chocolate into the bowl and let it melt in the bowl on top of the simmering water. When the chocolate and butter have melted and sugar dissolved, let the mixture cool slightly. Then mix in the eggs, flour and cocoa powder. Using a hand mixer, whisk until the batter is smooth. If necessary, scrape the batter off the edges of the bowl. Transfer the batter into the baking pan, evenly scatter the nuts and white chocolate on top and bake for 18-22 minutes. Enjoy these fresh from the oven with a scoop of ice cream. They are extremely fudgy, even the next day!

 

Notes: I prefer the flavor of  roasted nuts, but you can just as well use unroasted ones. For this recipe I chose hazelnuts and almonds. I roasted both on  baking tray for about 10 minutes at 180°C. I then transferred the hazelnuts onto a damp kitchen towel and rubbed off the skin.

Baking times will differ from oven to oven. I baked the brownies for 18 minutes, then let them cool completely before cutting. Even the following day, the center of the brownies was extremely moist and fudgy. If you prefer your brownies to be less fudgy, I’d give them another 3-5 minutes in the oven.

Slightly adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Double Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownies.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn February 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Happy birthday to your dad! These brownies look wonderful, so rich and decadent. Definitely the only way to celebrate!

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