Double Chocolate Brownies

12 Jul

During a playdate last year, I asked my kids’ friends’ mom if they could have some brownies after lunch. She said sure, and I started pulling ingredients out of my pantry–chocolate, sugar, flour. I turned to say something to her, and she had this look on her face.

“What?” I said.

She laughed. “You make brownies without a mix? I had no idea you could really do that!”

Scratch brownies are the best, and these take so little time to throw together that mixes don’t tempt me one little bit. The microwave does most of the hard work, and the only hardware you need are a bowl, hand whisk, knife, and some measuring cups and spoons. Badda bing, badda boom, brownies.

The recipe is from an old church cookbook–you know the ones. Spiral bound with a cheesy image of a sunset on the cover, filled with parishoner-contributed recipes that generally have a lot of mayonnaise (aioli, lots of the ladies write)  or lard (!!) or pinches of ingredients. Recipes, in other words, that have been handed down through generations.

They. Are. The. Best.

This one is no exception. I give it to you un-doctored and un-messed-with, but for one thing: I usually toss a handful of chocolate chips in there. Give them a little crunch; I don’t like nuts in my brownies, you see.

One word: If you bake these in a metal pan and your oven temperature is true, they’ll be done-but-gooey in about 17 minutes. If you’re baking in Pyrex, as I do, you’ll need closer to 22 or 25 minutes.

Brownies. Off you go. Enjoy.

Double Chocolate Brownies

1/2 c unsalted butter

2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped

1 c sugar

2 eggs

2/3 c flour

1 tsp vanilla

1 dash of salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 7 x 11 pan. Melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave, taking care not to scald chocolate. Mix in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in flour and add salt. Pour into pan. Bake 17 – 25 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

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    Brownies are always our favorite quick treat. I can’t wait to try yours with the monkeys 🙂

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