I promised that I was going to do something new. Something I’ve never done on this blog before. If you are all about no sugar, no fat and all natural ingredients, then you may not want to read any further.
On the other hand, if you like luscious, chocolaty goodness…read on my friend.
I make REALLY good homemade brownies. They are SO incredibly easy that once you get used to making them you can make them as quickly as you can open and prepare a boxed brownie mix. Seriously. I promise!
I recently received an e-mail from my cousin. A silent lurker on my blog *smile* asking if I would share my recipe. Well, I was happy to do it. It really isn’t MY recipe. I got it off the back of a bag of Nestle Chocolate Chips years ago. If you want, you can find the recipe here.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
not pictured, but needed: 9×13 pan,
aluminum foil and cooking spray
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts
I recommend assembling all your ingredients at once and get out your baking pan.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Measure 1 cup of the chocolate chips (half a 12 oz. bag) and put the chips and the stick of butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat. And yes, I use REAL butter.
While the butter & chocolate chips are melting, take your baking pan and tear of a strip of aluminum foil slightly longer than your pan and follow Steps 1, 2 and 3.
Turn the pan over and put the foil “pan” into the aluminum pan
Then spray the foil lined pan with cooking spray.
By now your buttery chocolate goodness has been on low to medium heat for a few minutes. It should begin to look like this…give it a stir.
Then this…stir again.
Measure your dry ingredients and add the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips to the dry ingredients.
And check on the chocolaty goodness…stir it until no lumps of chocolate remain. (this can be done in the microwave, but for some reason, I prefer the stove.)
Once this mixture is thoroughly melted and combined (it only takes a few minutes) remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Add your 3 eggs and beat well with a spoon.
Then add your dry ingredients to which you have already added your chocolate chips, to the chocolate mixture.
Add the vanilla
Stir this mixture by hand approximately 25 strokes…do not over beat, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan.
Pour the lusciousness into your foil lined pan, spreading to the edges of the pan.
And put the pan into your preheated oven.
Bake for 18-23 minutes…I bake mine for 22. Exactly.
A toothpick should look like this…
Bake a minute or two less for fudgier brownies, but this is perfect IMHO. 🙂
Let the pan cool for about 5 minutes, if you can wait that long and remove the foil to a cooling rack.
And…do you know the BEST knife for cutting brownies?
Yes, a plastic knife. See…no tearing of the brownies and the brownies don’t stick to the knife!
Here are a few hints:
if you do not let the chocolate mixture cool for a few minutes before adding the eggs, your eggs might cook a bit.
AND if you get really good at making them and you go through the steps so quickly the mixture can be hot enough that when you add the last cup of chocolate chips they melt too.
One of most lovely aspects of this recipe is that they are DOUBLE chocolate…chocolate dough and chocolate chips IN the dough.
If there are any brownies left after the first hour, these are great microwaved for a few seconds. They taste like they are fresh out of the oven.
I have served these as dessert at a dinner party by using a red wine glass which I swirl chocolate syrup around the inside top so it streams down the inside of the glass. The put in a scoop of vanilla ice cream and bite-sized brownie pieces. Top with more chocolate syrup and a shot of whipped cream. YUM. YUM.
My son says he would give the brownies two thumbs up, except he is too busy licking his thumbs after eating the brownies!
So…what is your favorite easy, from scratch recipe? I’d love to hear!! AND…please, if you try these, do let me know! Pretty please…