Monday, 24 May 2010

Fudgy Coconut Brownies


Feeling somewhat depressed after the election results, I was in need of cheering up. Something really sweet was required and having just seen Lucie's Brownie post, I was sorely tempted. Not having much restraint in the food line, I very quickly gave in to the temptation and cooked up a batch myself. As follows:
  • Melted 250g unsalted butter in a large pan with 400g soft brown sugar and 100g cocoa.
  • Allowed to cool a little then beat in 4 duck eggs.
  • Stirred in 100g flour (80g wholemeal spelt & 20g quinoa), pinch of salt, 1 small tsp baking powder and 100g desiccated coconut.
  • Poured mixture into a 9" square cake thingie and baked at 180C for 30 mins.
  • Scattered over a spoonful of desiccated coconut as soon as brownies were out of the oven.
  • Left to cool and cut into 16 pieces.

Unusually these brownies had cocoa powder instead of chocolate. This resulted in an unusually chocolatey brownie which wasn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting. I was also somewhat ambivalent about using coconut, but it actually worked really well. They were not as dense as a normal brownie, but were delicious, dark, rich, and chewy with a lovely crunchy top. Adding the quinoa flour was a vain attempt to kid myself that these brownies would be good for me. They may not have done much for my waistline, but they certainly cheered me up.

30 comments:

  1. What a fab idea - I've never thought to put coconut in a brownie before and am now kicking myself!

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  2. I took note of this recipe to make sometime too. They look really, really good. I am definitely going to try these now :)

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  3. I fear for our waistlines, as I have a feeling we will be needing more and more of this comfort food lark over the next four years. Coconut brownies sound very comforting indeed.

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  4. Definitely a mouth watering brownie to kick depression miles away :)

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  5. Great recipe and they also look wonderful too. I love the addition of coconut.

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  6. First visit here. Love your blog. These brownies look perfect.

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  7. You and Lucy are ganging up on me ~ just going to have to make a batch now!!!

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  8. These look super-lush. I can feel a batch coming on at the weekend; I've been wanting to make brownies for a bit and this might just have tipped me over the edge.

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  9. Thanks for the mention. So glad you tried these. I loved them. Yours look so good - particularly with the coconut on top. Lucie x

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  10. These look great! I always make brownies with cocoa ( and frozen raspberrries chucked in like marbles) but coconut - there's a good thought - no - there's a GREAT thought - a sort of Bounty Brownie..

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  11. What a delicious sounding brownie - I can imagine how it tastes...... delicious!

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  12. These sound great - definitely need to go in my 'must make' pile. My chocolate loving daughter would be delighted with these!
    hopeeternal
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'

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  13. TCC - well it's not a thought I had had either - don't kick yourself, just make some.

    Jac - look forward to seeing how yours turn out.

    Sushma - thank you

    Kath - trouble is, I don't really need an excuse.

    Ananda - thank you

    Margaret - not a combination I would have thought of, but it's a good one.

    Natalie - thanks for dropping by and saying nice things. Hope to hear from you again.

    Chele - oh good, this is a bit like Sweet & Simple bakes, only we're not all making things at the same time.

    Vegboxboy - ooh, brownies on your blog - can't wait!

    Lucie - thank you for bringing these to my attention

    Liz - yes a bounty brownie is a good way of summing up. Now feeling I need raspberries though - great idea.

    Wendy - thank you, they were good.

    Janice - you don't sound to keen on the idea?

    Hopeeternal - always happy to help satisfy chocolate cravings

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  14. What a wonderful brownie. I just cant resist anything with coconut in it.
    *kisses* HH

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  15. I am loving these brownies... coconut and chocolate are a match made in heaven.

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  16. Mmmm...beautiful brownies. With coconut added, it's even better. I love it.

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  17. Good gracious! Lovely looking brownies. With wholemeal and quinoa, they must be healthy too!

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  18. Mmm, I love coconut with chocolate and these WILL be made at the weekend! Yours look delicious. :D

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  19. I think you're right and the next few years might be a bit lean, so all the more reason to try to fatten them up a bit with some cheering cake. Butter, sugar and chocolate are wholefoods too! Looks yum.
    Did your constituency turn blue? I was surprised at some of the results from the SouthWest

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  20. Thank you HH

    Pam - trouble is chocolate and so many things are a match made in heaven!

    Thank you MaryMoh

    MD - of course they are healthy ....!

    Lisa - thank you, look forward to seeing them on your blog.

    Oxslip - yes we did turn blue, bit of a shock - along with most of the rest of the South West it seems

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  21. Recipe bookmarked! Thanks for this! I like to make it more moist.

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  22. Cribs - Thanks for dropping by. These aren't your typical gooey brownies, but they are quite moist.

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  23. Bounty bars are pretty much my favourite chocolate, so I don't take much convincing that these are great! And I know what you mean about the election results.

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  24. WOw I'd never thought of putting coconut in with brownies! These look squidgy and delicious, I shall have to make some for my colleagues.

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  25. FoodyCat - Bounty Bars are pretty good aren't they - especially the dark ones.

    Becs - Would love to know what you think if you do give them a go.

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  26. oooh chocolate and coconut! those look SO fudgy and amazing!

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  27. Nice combination and they look dark and fudgy.

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  28. I love the idea of putting coconut in a brownie.

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