Brownies such as chocolate chip cookies are among the recipes that we must master.
It’s not required, obviously, but having a good recipe on your sleeves is a great lifesaver in numerous situations.
Birthday parties, family gatherings, and any other occasion where you’d like to put sweets on the table require a great recipe you can count on. There is nothing that can turn around a bad day like brownies, also!
This is my secret weapon up the sleeve or, as I like to refer to the recipe, my”desperation brownie.” It’s a true lifesaver, and the best part is that it requires only some ingredients that you may likely already have in your kitchen.
There is no need for condensed milk or extravagant ingredient, just good old cacao sugar, flour, butter, and some flavoring from vanilla and coffee. You can substitute cacao for cocoa in the event of a need.
This recipe is great to make when you’re craving delicious brownies but don’t have a huge batch of brownies in your to-go. You can make one quick batch in a toaster oven without worrying about the leftovers.
Although it’s a simple recipe you can bake in the toaster oven and bake, they’re just as chocolaty and delicious as every brownie’s recipe worth its salt or sugar.
Let’s get baking!
Cacao vs Cocoa – What’s the difference?
Cacao and cocoa are frequently misunderstood, particularly due to their similar spellings! They appear to be the same thing. However, they’re quite distinct.
Cocoa and cacao both originate directly from cacao plants (where the cacao plant is where chocolate comes from) But they’re treated differently.
The most significant distinction is the fact that cacao is processed at extremely high temperatures, which destroys some benefits inherent to cacao beans.
Cacao powder is composed of fermented beans, which undergo processing at reduced temperatures. This keeps the antioxidants that are naturally present as well as its original bitter taste.
Cacao is a natural state, but sometimes cocoa has added sugar. If you’re familiar with baking cocoa, you recognize the difference between sweetened and unsweetened versions.
Can I Substitute Cocoa For Cacao?
You can indeed substitute cacao powder with cocoa. However, there are a few things to consider before you attempt it:
If you bake with cacao, you should know that it’s slightly stronger and more bitter. If you’re hoping to get a similar flavor from cacao, you’ll need to make a little more addition to get that taste.
Cocoa powder isn’t able to take up that many liquids, So when you add cocoa powder, take note of the levels of liquid.
Cocoa powder, as opposed to cacao, is not as acidic and won’t react with baking soda the similar. Therefore, if you are replacing cacao with cocoa powder ensure that you include more baking soda too.
Easy Brownie Tips
Brownies aren’t difficult for the novice, but if you’re just getting started with baking, there are some tricks you’ll be interested in knowing. Even experienced bakers are always in need of education:
Always heat the oven. As these brownies can be made in only two minutes, be sure your oven is warm enough prior to put the brownies into. It may be beneficial to heat the oven before collecting the ingredients.
It is important to coat or cover the pan with baking parchment. This is crucial so that it is easy to remove the brownies. You don’t want to miss the precious pieces! Sometimes, I grease the pan using butter (it always works best). However, other times, I cover my pans with baking paper and leave the sides to hang overhang. This lets me take out the brownies quickly.
Mix everything thoroughly. This recipe is straightforward, but I can’t overstate how essential to truly stir the batter thoroughly. The main reason to do this is the fact that there is cacao powder present in this recipe – nobody likes eating cacao powder when they eat brownies. Make sure you mix all the ingredients until they’re thoroughly mixed before baking.
The cacao should be sifted. If the cacao bag has been open for a prolonged period, it is important to filter the cacao. Sometimes, the cacao may become lumpy due to humid conditions in kitchens, and it’s best to filter cacao before making use of it. This can help when stirring too.
This is among my top suggestions. If you are looking to reap the most benefits of cacao from it, you can grow it.
This means that you need to mix cacao powder with hot liquid(in this recipe, I’m using hot coffee, particularly warm coffee leftover from breakfast brew). Mix it and then set it aside for a few minutes. It will smell wonderful.
If you add it to the dry ingredients. The aroma will be lingering in the mix even when baking.
You could also make cacao bloom in oil, butter that has been heated, or water if you don’t drink coffee.
Baking inside the Toaster Oven – Why?
I am a fan of my toaster oven since I can bake a little number of brownies. In this recipe, I baked only four.
Baking in the toaster isn’t without its advantages. One of them is that the oven is heated faster and faster than the traditional oven. Another reason I like it is that it does not cause a huge heat loss to the kitchen. This is a great benefit during summer!
When you use the toaster oven, you must ensure you have a larger baking pan. I’ve found that disposable aluminum pans are great.
How to Create Toaster Oven Brownies
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
Add coffee, butter, yolks, and vanilla.
Mix until it is all incorporated.
Mix in chocolate chips or chocolate pieces.
Put the mixture in a small baking pan that has been greased with butter.
Bake the brownies for 15 minutes to get a gooey center and 20 mins for the cakey middle.
Cool for 5 mins before cutting and serving.
Toaster Oven Brownies
- Yield: 4 brownies
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 15 minutes
- Total time: 25 Minutes
This simple toaster oven recipe is great for those who are craving brownies but don’t want to start the oven.
- 1/4 unsalted cup butter, melt and then cooled
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp of sugar granulated
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp of coffee
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
- Incorporate coffee, butter, yolks, and vanilla.
- Stir until the mixture is incorporated.
- Incorporate chocolate chips or chocolate pieces.
- Put the batter in small baking pans that have been greased with butter. Bake for 15 minutes to get a gooey middle and 20 minutes for cakes centers.
- Cool for 5 mins before cutting and serving.
It is possible to use cacao powder in place of cacao. However, you’ll want to add some baking soda.
It is also possible to add additional cocoa powder for more flavor. You might need to be a bit light on the amount of liquid since cocoa powder does not take in more liquid.
Heya, I’m Norah! The foodie editor here at YummyTasteFood! I love absolutely everything to do with food, baking, and eating! I earned my stripes in the hospitality industry as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista. I’m now a freelance writing nomad. I do not miss the hospitality industry! Be sure to join our Facebook group – it’s free to access!