Today I wanted brownies. Specifically, I wanted my cocoa brownies with brown butter icing. Except I didn’t have icing sugar. And I didn’t want to go out to buy any (I’m having a high anxiety day and I already have to go out tomorrow to meet a caseworker about my Ontario Works application). So, I decided to make my own. It’s really quite simple.
Icing sugar is simply granulated sugar processed into a fine powder. Store-bought icing sugar typically contains cornstarch to keep it from clumping. When you make your own, you can leave the cornstarch out if you’re going to use the sugar right away. Anyway, I put 1 cup of white granulated sugar into the food processor attachment of my immersion blender and whizzed until powdery.
I will confess, I didn’t grind the sugar up fine enough so my icing was a bit grainy. But I fixed it up by adding a bit of whipping cream and using my immersion blender. And now for the recipe.
Recipe: Cocoa Brownies
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
- 2 tbsps butter (NOT margarine)
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1.5 tbsps milk (I used whipping cream)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract