When I was younger, I was always amazed by the way some people would skillfully prepare some baked treats without looking at the recipe. My mom, who I should thank for influencing me to bake, is also capable of this and I think she believed that I would be able to bake something without a guide someday. After almost five years of baking, I've somehow become fearless to the point that I can experiment with ingredients just by guessing how much I should use. I was feeling absolutely lazy last night, so I made a hit or miss brownie recipe. I'm bringing this over to Akay Kalinga so the kids have something to chew on during the film viewing session we are preparing for them.
I did mention I was really lazy last night, right? We have our own mixer, but I didn't want to use it for some reason. Instead, I just mixed everything together by hand. Of course, I'm going to put the procedure for the sake of formality.
about 75 grams of greaseless peanuts (slightly crushed)
1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (sifted)
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 and 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup butter (melted)
A pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1. Mix flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl (the one you'll be using for the mixer), place the butter and both sugars. Blend well.
3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Blend.
4. Add half of the peanuts in the batter. Blend.
5. Line a 9x9 baking pan with baking sheet. Spread the batter evenly. Top it with remaining nuts.
6. Baking time is 15-20 minutes. Mine came out perfect after 15 minutes. It really depends on your oven. Just make sure to not forget about it. Stick a toothpick in the middle to check if it's good to go.
Note: You can actually tweak the recipe to your liking. Lessen the sugar to just one cup if you're not fond of sweets. (I did that once, but I personally didn't like it though) Also, you can even use just a half to three-fourth a cup of butter if you want. The brownies come out drier that way. It's all about preference, really. Just experiment with the amount of ingredients until you get a recipe that's right for you and your taste buds.