Chai Spice Chocolate Brownies

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Brownies are one of life’s most rewarding goodies. You never just eat a brownie. You experience it. You experience the crunch from the crackly top and slowly, as your teeth sink into its fudge – like gooey middle, you experience bliss; pure, unadulterated bliss that is quite honestly, very difficult to put into words. There’s no two ways about the fact that Chocolate Brownies are sinfully decadent treats but what happens when you add chai spice mix to it to complement the beautiful weather of fall? You get chai spice chocolate brownies.

In the previous post, we touched the topic of how to make chai spice at home that takes as much effort as maybe driving to your nearest Starbucks to get your fall – worthy Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s really fuss free and so much more vibrant and fragrant than store bought fluff. However, the chai spice mix is a versatile gift from the Gods of decadence because there’s so much more you can do with it than simply swirl a spoon of it in your chai latte.

One of these simple pleasures of life is the chai spice chocolate brownies. These decadent and fudgy bars of heavenly bliss have all the indulgent flavors and texture of the ultimate chocolate brownies but by adding the chai spice mix, you get an undercurrent of warm spices that completely warm your soul and offer the comforting warm hug that you need especially in a weather like this.

Before you head over to make a batch of these blissful brownies, you could go through this set of guidelines that I’ve put together and which tells you the top 5 mistakes to avoid when making brownies so you always get the decadent and fudgy brownies you want.

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Making these chai spice chocolate brownies is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is follow the recipe for making your normal chocolate brownie and towards the end, once you’ve added your flour and the batter is ready for the oven, you add your chai spice mix and voila – you have the most fall – ready brownies!

Besides, there’s minimal hassle in preparing the batter for these chai spice chocolate brownies as everything comes together beautifully in just one bowl, so that means you don’t have to sweat it out scrubbing dishes as your brownies bake.

Here’s a step – by – step breakdown of the recipe for these chai spice chocolate brownies:

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There are however some key points to keep in mind when you make these chai spice chocolate brownies.


 Do not whisk too much or use an electric hand or stand mixer:


Unless you want cakey brownies, incorporating air into your batter will make it light and fluffy. Besides, they will dry out faster and the texture will be extremely unpleasant and you’ll probably have to struggle getting the brownies you’re your throat – definitely something you don’t want. Brownies are supposed to be dense and fudgy on the inside with a crisp top and therefore, only just mix the eggs into the batter till it all comes together. Over mixing will make your brownies fluffy and airy, which is a complete no – no in case you want them to be fudgy, which you should. Besides, these chai spice chocolate brownies taste best when fudgy.Therefore, it would be best to use a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula for mixing the brownie batter.


 Do not over bake your brownie batter:


Essentially, over baking will dry out your chai spice chocolate brownies and they’ll have an undesirable texture. Not only are you required to bake them as per the recipe instructions, you also have to ensure that you take the brownies out of the pan in which they’ve baked and place the brownies on a cooling rack to cool completely. The main reason for doing this is the simple fact that since the pan is hot, the brownies will continue to bake in the residual heat, resulting in drying out of the brownies.

 


 Line your baking tin with parchment:


This one is a no – brainer as a parchment lined brownie pan will make it extremely easy for you to take your brownies out from the pan once they’ve been baked. It makes cleaning of the pan easier as well as you don’t have to scrub the burnt bits that catch on to the pan at the edges during the baking process. This makes your chai spice chocolate brownies even more enjoyable.

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There’s not much that can go wrong with this chai spiced chocolate brownie as it is a very straightforward recipe and if you follow it, there’s no chance that you’ll face any issue at all. Just have a look at all the step – by – step photos that I’ve posted and let me know if you have any questions about making them. Shoot them right in the comments section and I’ll answer them.

 

So, tell me, lovelies, have you ever tried using chai spice in desserts before? What is the one brownie flavor that remains your all – time favorite?

Chai Spice Chocolate Brownies

Yield: Makes 16 small sized brownie pieces or 9 medium sized brownie pieces

Ingredients

  1. 85 grams dark chocolate, chopped roughly
  2. 90 grams butter, room temperature
  3. 100 grams caster sugar
  4. 2 leveled tablespoons cocoa powder
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 60 grams all purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons Chai Spice mix

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, add the chocolate and butter and place over a heavy bottomed saucepan containing gently simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the simmering water and stir to melt the chocolate and butter together.
  3. Alternately, you can also use the microwave to melt them in short 10 second bursts and stirring well.
  4. Once the chocolate looks silky smooth and melted, add the caster sugar, cocoa powder.
  5. Add eggs one at a time and incorporate well between each addition.
  6. Add the flour and fold it in the mix.
  7. Add the Chai Spice mix and mix well.
  8. Pour in an 8 x 8 inch baking pan that has been lined with baking parchment.
  9. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Take it out of the pan once baked and let it cool completely.
  11. The flavor and fudginess usually develops a few hours after the brownie is baked.
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