Wednesday, May 02, 2012
In the kitchen: Disgustingly Rich Brownies
You know how sometimes people will stop eating a dessert and say, "Too rich for me, can't finish it?" That does NOT make sense to me. Hello it's dessert. The rich sugary delight of dessert. On a side note....every time I write dessert I think two s' cause you want more dessert - instead of desert when you wouldn't want seconds...
I have never met a dessert too rich. Nope. Ever. Love them all. Yum. I've met some I didn't like. But really not to many of those either.
And I happen to think Brownies are one of the best kinds of desserts around. And such a great thing to learn to bake. If you are afraid of baking (don't get that either...) or always screw up everything you bake, try these. Easy peasy. And hello.... they are called Disgustingly Rich Brownies. Translated that means perfect brownies.
I got these from my friend Alysha's family cookbook and adjusted (made it easier) it a tad.
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pan (9x13) or just cover it with parchment paper (easier clean up!). Melt butter in microwave. Add sugar and cocoa and mix well. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour and salt, mixing just until smooth (don't mix too much). Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts if you want them. Spread in greased (or lined) pan, making an even batter. Bake at 350 until brownies start to pull away from the sides or when no batter sticks to a toothpick stuck in the middle.
I like to double the recipe and then cook it on a cookie sheet so they are thin. And they are perfect if you wanted to use cookie cutters and make them into shapes. (why would you do that?? In case you wanted to add a dob of carmel and then some chocolate mousse on top to make a REALLY yummy treat!)
OR just have them with ice cream and some butterscotch topping. Yum.
OR just eat them warm out of the oven.
OR just eat them all broken up on a chocolate sundae.
Or all of the above ;)