21 January 2020

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Brownie Heaven

This is it. This is the best brownie recipe ever. They are chocolately, chewy, cakey, fudgy, and just plain delicious all in one small package. And they are easy.

When I first moved to Italy, I had never made a batch of brownies from scratch. And so I would ask anyone who came to visit to bring me brownie mix because well, BROWNIES. But this quickly became rather impossible to manage and so I began to try recipes and experiment and find a solution that would make brownies possible all year round.

This is it. Except I still need bakers chocolate, which cannot be found here yet, soooo there’s that. But at least that is easier to fit into a care package or a suitcase! LOL

You will need a few delicious ingredients for this recipe:

  • Bittersweet or Semisweet bakers chocolate 3 oz
  • Unsweetened bakers chocolate 3 oz
  • Butter 10 Tbspn
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Vanilla 1 1/2 tsp
  • Flour 3/4 cup
  • Eggs 3 large
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Powder 1/2 tsp
  • Optional: mini chocolate chips, or chocolate chunks

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Begin by greasing a 8×8 cooking pan and set aside. In a small bowl mix together with a fork your 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 3/4 cup of flour. Set aside for later.

In a medium saucepan begin melting your butter on the stove top. Place your 3 oz of bittersweet chocolate and 3 oz of unsweetened chocolate on top of your butter and melt the two ingredients together over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat as soon as the butter and chocolate are melted and smooth.

Next add your sugar directly into your saucepan (which has been previously removed from the heat) and stir with a whisk until smooth. Add your three eggs and whisk again until smooth.

Lastly add your flour mixture and stir together just until blended. Do not beat or over mix! Pour the brownie batter into your prepared 8×8 pan, taking care to scrape the sides of the pan to remove all of the batter.

Then lick the pan and spatula clean. Because…. brownie batter = yum.

Bake in the oven at 325°F for approximately 10 minutes. Brownies are tricky. They are one of the most tricky sweets to not overbake because they are chocolate and so they do not turn “golden brown” when ready, and because the toothpick should not come out clean as with a cake! In fact brownies should finish cooking in the pan. So be careful not to overbake your brownies, you want the toothpick to come out a little gooey, but not with liquid batter. Allow to cool before trying to cut into them.

Enjoy! Because well how could you not?! They are THAT GOOD.

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