I decided at 8:45pm the other evening that I wanted chocolate. Nothing could stop me. I opened up the trusty Betty Crocker and searched for a brownie recipe. A note about Betty Crocker, serious foodies will turn their nose up at the thought of using such a source. However, in defense of BC, it’s a great starter cookbook. Each section has very helpful charts of cooking times and cooking techniques, plus you can find almost anything in there. I don’t use it a whole lot, but it does come in handy. Also, the BC recipe called for 5 oz. of unsweetened baking chocolate and I just happened to have 5 oz of unsweetened baking chocolate- no more, no less. I’ve been trying to find a recipe to get rid of it, and here it was. There was not even a passing thought to attempt to make these healthy- no yogurt or applesauce substitute, just good ol’ butter. The result was satisfying, though, next time I will decrease the sugar, I like my brownies a bit more chocolaty.
Adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook
2/3 cup butter
5 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of square pan, 8x8x2 or 9x9x2
In a medium bowl place butter and chocolate, microwave for intervals of 30 seconds, (a total of 1 ½ minutes should be enough) mixing between each interval until chocolate melts
You could also use a double boiler- however you want to get the butter & chocolate together, make it happen
Let chocolate mixture cool for 5 minutes, while you assemble the rest
Beat sugar, vanilla and eggs in a medium bowl for about 5 minutes, add about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of this mixture to the chocolate mixture to make sure you don’t get scrambled eggs when you mix in the warm chocolate & butter, this is called tempering.
Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs/sugar mixture and beat together
Fold/blend in flour until just combined
Pour into pan, and spread evenly
Bake for 40 minutes, until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan
Don’t be afraid to undercook the middle a bit
Let cool completely before cutting, if you’re concerned with perfectly square brownies
If not, then cut as soon as you want and enjoy a warm brownie!