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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fudge Brownies with Pears

After all the birthdays and Easter, basically after all the cakes and the chocolates, I thought I shouldn't cook anything sweet or with chocolate for a while and just cook very healthy things like salads and vegetables.  Then I decided to have a look at my long time ago purchased low fat cookbook.  I bought this book, not only because it looked like a healthy food book, also because I really liked the simple recipes and yummy photos in it.  The season being spring and the urge to eat something light and healthy, made me want to make one of those light salads or pasta or soup or noodles.  When I was looking through the book, I came across something I couldn't resist and it was non of those above.  It was a very delicious looking fudge brownies recipe. The fact that it was in a low-fat book made me wonder if it was really this good, so I decided to try it.  As usual, some of the ingredients were replaced with what I had in my kitchen.  It's hard to find self-raising flour here so I never use it even if the recipe calls for it.  I ended up making something quite different than the one in the book but I managed to keep the oil bit more or less the same.  The brownie turned out to be a very moist and a very light one.  The kind that you can eat more than one slice at a time which kind of cancels the low fat factor.

( Makes about 16 pieces)

1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar
2 tablespoons of butter or margarine - melted
250 g of quark (you can use fromage frais instead)
1 peeled and grated medium size pear
icing sugar for dusting

Preheat your oven to to 180° C(356° F).  Put the first three ingredients (flour, baking powder and cocoa) in a bowl and mix them well.  In another bowl mix eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla sugar and quark. 
Add both mixtures together and stir them well.  Finally, add the grated pears into the mixture.  Put the mixture in a baking tin and bake about 25-30 minutes.  Check if it's cooked by inserting a knife in the middle and see if it comes out clean.  If it's done then take it out and leave it to cool for five minutes. Slice it up and dust it with icing sugar before you serve.  

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