Brownies

Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Sesame production is as old as that of rice, approximately 6,000 years ago. It was cultivated in Palestine and Syria around 3,000 B.C. All countries around the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East considered sesame to be a produce of high energy and therapeutic values for human beings.
Herodotus, that great ancient historian, mentions that the Babylonians cultivated sesame. Sesame has been found in Tutankhamun’s grave and in the Greek island of Santorini. In ancient Greece it was used as a food but also for the preparation of medicines.
Hippocrates states its great nutritional value and Galinos used it as a way to prevent the pause of breast feeding.
Sesame was considered to be one of the most important foods in ancient Greek diet. They mixed it with cheese or they made a mixture of sesame and honey that was offered in weddings.

Brownies
It is very rich in vitamin E which in turn helps in cancer prevention, good maintenance of immune system, in prevention of cataract, diabetes, Alzheimer, Parkinson etc.
In experiments done in mice, the addition of sesame in their diet had slowed down the procedure of ageing and reduced the number of breast cancers. Several sesame substances help liver’s function of absorbing and digesting alcohol. So, next time you drink a lot, try consume some tahini paste afterwards. It will help your liver digest the alcohol and not be harmed.
Consuming sesame and its byproducts is said to give good health and a long life. In Greece we appreciate sesame and tahini especially during the lent periods. I love tahini paste and I have added it in my diet. I was craving something sweet and when I saw this brownie, I immediately jumped to the idea first because it has zucchini and second because I imagined it with a tahini frosting on top. It was delicious and you couldn’t possibly understand that it has about half kilo of zucchini in it. Very easy and quick to prepare, it makes it ideal for weekdays.

Brownies

 

4.9 from 9 reviews
Brownies with Zucchini and Tahini Frosting
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: American
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 460 gr. / 8 oz. zucchini
  • 85 gr. / 3 oz. margarine, melted
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300 gr. / 10.5 oz. sugar
  • 120 gr. / 4 oz. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 120 gr. / 4 oz. All-Purpose Flour
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. chocolate chips
For the Frosting
  • Tahini paste with cocoa (this product circulates in the Greek market. If you cannot find it where you live, try in your usual chocolate frosting to add 1 tbsp of tahini paste.)
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C / 350°F.
  2. In your multi blender combine the zucchini, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and work until you have a smooth puree.
  3. Transfer this to your mixer and add the sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, salt, and flour.
  4. Mix briefly, just until well combined.
  5. Add the chips, and pulse several times.
  6. Butter a rectangular pan 28cm X 21 cm / 11in. X 8in.
  7. Place at the bottom a parchment paper to cover it.
  8. Butter it and flour it as well.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake it for about 30 minute or until a toothpick comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs.
  11. Remove the brownies from the oven, and allow them to cool completely before frosting.
  12. Take a vase of tahini with cocoa and spread 5 to 6 tbsp on top of the brownie.
  13. This product circulates in the Greek market. If you cannot find it where you live, try in your usual chocolate frosting to add 1 tbsp of tahini paste.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from King Arthur's Flour

 
4.9 from 9 reviews
Μπράουνις με Κολοκύθι και Ταχίνι με Κακάο
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Επιδόρπιο
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 460 γρ. κολοκυθάκια
  • 85 γρ. μαργαρίνη, λιωμένη
  • 6 μεγάλα αβγά
  • 2 κ.γ. απόσταγμα βανίλιας ή 2 βανιλίνες
  • 300 γρ. ζάχαρη
  • 120 γρ. κακάο σε σκόνη
  • 1 κ.γ. καφέ espresso
  • 1 κ.γ. μπέικιν πάουντερ
  • ½ κ.γ. αλάτι
  • 120 γρ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 200 γρ. σταγόνες σοκολάτας
Για τη Διακόσμηση
  • Ταχίνι με κακάο
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  2. Στο μπλέντερ σας ρίξτε το κολοκύθι, το λιωμένο βούτυρο, τα αυγά, και τη βανίλια και λιώστε τα.
  3. Μεταφέρετε το μίγμα στο μίξερ και προσθέστε την ζάχαρη, το κακάο σε σκόνη, τον espresso, το μπέικιν πάουντερ, το αλάτι και το αλεύρι.
  4. Αναμίξτε λίγο μέχρι να ομογενοποιηθούν.
  5. Προσθέσετε τις σταγόνες, και αναμείξτε.
  6. Βουτυρώστε ένα ορθογώνιο ταψί 28 cm X 21 cm.
  7. Τοποθετήστε στο κάτω μέρος χαρτί ψησίματος για να το καλύψει.
  8. Βουτυρώστε και αλευρώστε ξανά.
  9. Ρίξτε το μίγμα στο ταψί.
  10. Ψήστε για περίπου 30 λεπτά ή μέχρι η οδοντογλυφίδα να βγει καθαρή, ή με λίγα υγρά ψίχουλα.
  11. Βγάλτε από το φούρνο και αφήστε να κρυώσει εντελώς.
  12. Πάρτε ένα βάζο ταχίνι με κακάο και απλώστε 5-6 κ.σ. στην κορυφή του brownie.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμογή από το King Arthur's Flour

 

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