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Baking | Easy Eggless Cocoa & Pearl Millet Brownies

19 March 2012 31 Comments

easy eggless cocoa brownie

There are times when I prefer & rely more on my ‘quick fixes’ in cooking over the original recipes. The handy ‘quick fixes’ I invented for my convenience during the last 20 years in my kitchen are easy and more fun do with whatever is available at that particular day in my kitchen. And this Cocoa Brownie is one such recipe when I run out of chocolates…well, not exactly run out, but am raided of…want to know how?

Cozy family weekend when everyone crave for a scrumptious dessert and there is no signs of the chocolate bars I hide in refrigerator for a surprise Sunday dessert. Yes, this happens quite often at home, my two naughty pirates never get tired of raiding my refrigerator of all that is ‘Chocolate‘..chocltae chips, chocolate sprinkles and even the dark unsweetened chocolate cooking bars!

So here is my alternative ‘quick fix’ to the authentic chocolate brownie recipe when I don’t have enough chocolate bars to bake the same. It tastes yum and I bet you will never miss out on chocolate part in these Cocoa Brownies, except the gooeyness of the chocolate brownies.

The cocoa butter present in the cooking chocolate bars give the gooey texture to the chocolate brownies. While cocoa brownies baked with just cocoa powder are dense but lack the gooey texture. You could add some amount (about 50 gms) of chopped dark chocolate bars in the same recipe to get a gooey chocolate brownie.

I tried baking Pearl Millet brownies which are denser than the cocoa brownies and taste more like fudge. These millet brownies certainly need an acquired taste to enjoy the overpowering somewhat grassy taste of the whole grain.

Baking | Easy Eggless Cocoa Brownie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup melted butter/oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt/curd
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. chopped nuts
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla essence

Method; Preheat oven at 190°. Take a rectangular baking tray and cut out a butter- paper to the exact size and line it inside. This will make it easy to un mould the Brownie after it is baked.

Sift whole wheat flour, salt and baking powder in a large vessel. Chop nuts into fine pieces.

Heat butter in a medium pan and add sugar in it. Let the sugar melt completely. Cool it a bit and add chopped nuts, vanilla essence, milk and yogurt and stir well.

Pour this liquid content in the dry content and mix lightly.

Pour the batter in the lined baking tray and bake it for 20-25 minutes at 180°C or till the skewer comes out clean when inserted in the brownie.

Cool it completely before slicing the Brownies

Take out the baked brownie with the butter paper and keep it on a flat surface. Slice it into squares or diamonds and serve.

Millet Brownie

 

Baking | Easy Eggless Cocoa Brownie

More dense and fudgy Millet Brownies

Ingredients;

  • 1/4 cup Pearl millet flour (Bajra)
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oil/melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. yogurt/curd
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. chopped nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt

Method; ; Preheat oven at 190°. Take a rectangular baking tray and cut out a butter- paper to the exact size and line it inside. This will make it easy to un mould the Brownie after it is baked.

Sift the flours, cocoa, salt in a large bowl. Whisk butter/oil and sugar till sugar dissolves. Add chopped nuts, vanilla essence, milk, and yogurt and mix well.

Pour the liquid ingredients in the dry ingredients and gently fold the batter.

Pour the batter in the lined baking tray and bake it for 20-25 minutes at 180°C or till the skewer comes out clean when inserted in the brownie.

Cool it completely before slicing the Brownies

Take out the baked brownie with the butter paper and keep it on a flat surface. Slice it into squares or diamonds and serve.

These millet brownies will be denser than the cocoa brownies.

Baking | Easy Eggless Cocoa Brownie

This is the first time I tried adding Millet in my baking after my vegan friend Harini baked a cake with Pearl millet here and I like the dense and more fudge like brownies I got from baking with millet. One another recipe I am waiting to try is this fudgy olive oil brownie from another foodie friend Chin’s space here .

I need to become more adventurous in my baking to come close to a perfect brownie with various wholegrain. Baking a simple brownie I feel is the easiest among cakes, breads and cookies. You hardly need to check the exact proportion of the leavening agents (as it is used in very little quantity) and the long waiting hours for your dough to rise. All that you need to check in a Cocoa brownie is more sugar, butter/oil and  cocoa to the flour ratio in the recipe than what you use in a normal cake. And you have your sinfully scrumptious Cocoa brownie..nom..nom..

Notes;

  1. Add roughly chopped dark cooking chocolate to the recipe, the Brownies will come out more chocolaty and gooey. Remember to increase the liquid content accordingly.
  2. The amount of liquid absorption by whole grain flour differ according to the variety of grain used and thus the recipe has to adjusted with adequate amount of liquid in it.
  3. Cocoa brownies will come out dense and cakey unlike the chocolate brownies which get the typical gooey texture due to the cocoa butter and extra sugar in the dark chocolate added in the recipe.
  4. Whole wheat in the cocoa brownie recipe makes it slightly denser, you can replace the same with all purpose flour (maida) for a lighter version.

PS: The hunt for a good Millet Brownie is still on….all suggestions are welcome..
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31 Comments »

  • jeyashrisuresh said:

    Wow brownies with millets, must taste yum and quite a healthy addition too
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    YUM YUM! These look so good! I baked my tomato cake and orange cake (have to share it on my blog!) this weekend but chocolate brownie is always welcome!
    You might have just inspired me to bake some brownies Sanjeeta ;)
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  • Priti said:

    Yum …looks so delish ….wonderful combo
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  • Priyanka said:

    Oh yum…..that is so inviting. Lovely recipe and great photos
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  • the wicked noodle said:

    I love the twists you come up with for your recipes. This sounds just delicious!
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  • Harini said:

    Your brownies look dense and fudgy, the way you mention! I think you will find millet cakes better without addition of wheat flour, or maybe that’s just me.:) I wondered who ‘Chin’ was! I should have guessed.:)
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  • Faith said:

    I love how fudgy and dense the millet brownies look! I just bought a bag of millet and have started cooking it (I made porridge and a pilaf with it so far)…I wonder if I could grind it into flour to use in these? I might give it a try!

  • Reva said:

    Awesome recipe dear..:)) Looks lovely and healthy too..:))
    Reva
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  • Killer On The Plate said:

    Amazing pictures.. They’re making me crave for the gooey chocolate all over again!

    -privish

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  • Sharmilee said:

    Drooling over these brownies..looks yumm
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  • vianney said:

    A great revamp. The healthier brownie is always a plus. I love the dense slice on the plate (yummy)
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  • ARCHANA said:

    Dear Sanjeeta,

    Both the brownies are really very good and the addition of pearl millet flour is a welcome change. Keep up the good work.

  • Katerina said:

    If I didn’t see the recipe I wouldn’t understand that it contains no chocolate! It looks totally decadent and delicious!
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  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry said:

    brownies made of bajra.. wow, ur inventive! gotta try this out they do look fudgy & yum
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  • dassana@veg recipes of india said:

    these are lovely brownies. i usually bake with wheat flour or all purpose flour. never baked with any millet flour. need to put my thinking caps on.
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Archana, thanks for your sweet comment!

  • Terra said:

    How interesting how the brownies turned out with the pearl millet. I have been wanting to try pearl millet, it sounds delicious:-) Your other brownies look sooooooo decadent, and that chocolate syrup makes it sooooo much better! Hugs, Terra
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  • Sra said:

    Hi, coming here after a long time – the whole wheat flour brownie seems doable. Mixing wise, there doesn’t seem to be much. If I ever make it, that is. I won’t use the butter paper and all that – too lazy to go buy, cut,etc. I liked the idea of the flax seed raita, too. It won’t be bitter?
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sra, Lazy to bake..well..may be..but your bakes are awesome, still remember that cake. Hope you blow me away with your brownies as well one day :)
    No.. Flax seed does not taste bitter, Sra..it is similar to any nuts..tastes like a cross between pine/walnuts..I think.

  • Julie M. said:

    These both look delicious! I’ve never had a millet brownie before. Acquired taste or not, I’d try your version any day. :)
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  • Asmita said:

    This looks incredibly delicious! So chocolaty and divine!!!

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) said:

    i love this recipe for eggless brownies! this is definitely a great quick-fix recipe to have on hand!
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  • kankana said:

    Gorgeous .. Such a healthy brownie and love the color!
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  • marla said:

    Oh my would I love these chocolate bars ~ perhaps a blessing that the pirates took all the other loot ;)

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    Delicious, healthy and divine — I guess there’s no guilty in wanting more than a piece ;)
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  • Nisha said:

    No way! Brownies with bajra flour?? Really? That greyish colored bajra flour!? Wow. I put it way behind in the pantry last month after I tried making bajra roti & gave up. I’m really wondering how it would taste in a brownie. Gotta try!
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  • Sara said:

    Wow, these chocolate brownies look decadent & delicious! I wish could bake..I need lessons from you…:)

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    What a beautiful brownie! I haven’t had brownie for such a long time. it’s time to try one soon. :-)
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  • UPMA said:

    Hi,Sangeeta
    I just tried ur millet brownie.In ur recipe u said butter/oil.I used oil and sugar but cldn’t melt the sugar.please do tell me right way to do it.
    I USED OIL PLUS POWDERED SUGAR AND INCREASED THE QUANTITY OF MILK AND CURD.ITS SMELLING GOOD.STILL IN OVEN .I AM SURE IT WILL TASTE DELICIOUS TOO.
    WILL WAIT FOR UR REPLY
    THANKS.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Upma, Use powdered sugar with oil and granulated sugar with butter. If you increase te liquid quantity, make sure that you bake it for a little extra time.

  • UPMA said:

    THANKS SANGEETA AND BROWNIE WAS DELICIOUS…..THANKS AGAIN…:-)

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