Brownies are an amazing treat for all ages. Wonderful with tea. Wonderful for pudding - especially when served with whipped cream or ice cream. And exquisite when you're overtaken by the desire for chocolate. If you're going to keep them on hand, make them extra special.
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Change the basic ingredients
You can alter your classic brownie recipe by substituting part of the sugar with brown sugar or honey - the brownie will be somewhat denser and the flavour more complex. If your recipe doesn't call for cocoa powder - you need to try adding some to the mix.
Change the mixing technique
Nearly all brownie recipes recommend just combining the eggs and sugar. Try really whipping them up and you'll discover a lighter cake with a crusty, meringue-y top. Return the mixer to normal speed when adding the remaining ingredients. The first bite might be a culinary revelation.
A few powders, a few liquids
Eye your spice shelf for flavours that are great with chocolate. A touch a cayenne pepper, some powdered ginger, cardamom, coarse salt, even cumin can be sensational. Coffee is wonderful in brownies and with them. After allowing to cool, use strongly brewed coffee or instant espresso powder. Also consider adding a wee dram of flavourful spirits. Dark rum, whiskey, cognac, and liqueurs are great. Really great.
Fruit and nuts
Using citrus zest is common in dessert baking. You'll find orange zest is perfect for brownies. You can also fold in many fruits, as long as they're not too juicy. You can, however, add whichever dried fruits you wish. And, yes, nuts - whichever you like, of course. Give some thought to sousing them in your favourite spirit - same treatment for fruit. What's fair is fair.
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