Friday, February 25, 2011

Simple From Scratch Brownies: You Don't Need A Mix!

Hold up your right hand and solemnly swear, "I will never use a box of brownie mix again."  And you won't after you taste these brownies.  They are a super simple, from scratch recipe.  The basic brownie.  You can add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, pecans, you name it.  Customize them to your liking.  These brownies require minimal effort, not much more than using a mix, and the results are so worth it!
Simple From Scratch Brownie Line-Up
Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler
I use a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of water. 
Then I simply mix my brownies right in this same bowl!
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Let chocolate mixture cool slightly.
Add brown sugar and vanilla to chocolate mixture.
Add eggs to chocolate mixture.
Fold sifted flour mixture into chocolate mixture.
Pour batter into greased pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes
Cool and cut into squares. 
I dusted these with powdered sugar,
but I highly recommend dusting them
with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge!

Simple From Scratch Brownies

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate squares, roughly chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside.  In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Meanwhile, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir brown sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.  Add eggs and mix well.  Fold sifted flour mixture into chocolate mixture until well blended.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

Prep Time:  Approximately 20 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 30 minutes

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