I know what you all are thinking..what baker wouldn't own one of these handy little sifters? Well, that was me for an uncomfortably long time... Until now! I can't tell you guys how excited I was to break this baby in! So I wanted to bake something that would put it to good use. And I've been craving chocolate this week so I decided to go with some kick ass brownies!
For those of you who don't know, a sifter is meant to aerate various flours, powdered sugar, or anything else finely ground used in the baking process. Some bakers will suggest stirring your bags or jars, depending on how you store your supplies, before measuring it out, which is what I've been doing up until now. It's advised to measure out all of the dry ingredients that you need to mix, sift, then go about the rest of the recipe and you'll be good to go! Everything will be evenly distributed and you'll have a uniform turn out.
Chocolate Chip Brownies with Pecans & Whipped Cream
Serves 8 people
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 cup oil & 1 tablespoon oil (for melting chocolate)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
1 cup chocolate chips (to melt)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans (optional, or add other nuts of your choice!)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
Preheat oven 350 degrees
Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray, or dust with flour.
1. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Set aside.
2. On stove top, or in microwave, (depending on how well you know the heating of either), melt 1 cup chocolate chips in small pot with 1 tablespoon oil until smooth, by stirring frequently to avoid burning. Remove from burner and set aside to cool.
3. Combine sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and oil in mixer, or using hand held mixer. Add water and vanilla extract.
4. Slowly add dry mixture to the mixer until completely mixed. Then pour in melted chocolate and continue to mix until combined.
5. With mixer on the lowest speed, add in pecans and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
6. Pour brownie mix into baking dish, and put in oven to bake for about 30 minutes, or until you can dip a knife in and it comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes.
1. Pour pint of whipping cream into mixer and mix on highest setting until it thickens and lumps start to form.
2. Sift confectioners sugar slowly into bowl, with cream beating on medium setting for another minute.
3. Cool in refrigerator, or serve immediately.