To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oh, So Yummy Brownies

In keeping with our efforts to be less processed and pre-packaged in our kitchen, I've been experimenting with different brownie recipes. This one has gotten a big thumbs up from family and friends alike. (Well, except for Sarah...she doesn't think they're sweet enough. But what does that child know? She doesn't even like ice cream.)
Disclaimer...I realize that the following pictures are probably not necessary but I love food photography and the light was soooo pretty yesterday afternoon in  my kitchen. I couldn't resist :-)
Step One: Gather your ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Step Two: Spend three minutes digging through your utensil drawer because you suddenly remembered that you have a really nifty dry ingredient measuring spoon. When you do find it, take a picture because the bokeh in the background is sah-weet!
Step Three: Melt your butter in a medium sauce pan. (Don't forget that you are melting the butter...bad things happen when you forget that you're melting butter on the stove.
Step Four: Remove from heat and combine butter with sugar and cocoa, stirring well.
Step Five: Add eggs one at a time. I beat mine ahead of time (just to let them know who's boss) and then add them in a little at a time.
Step Six: Stir in vanilla. You might want to stop and take a picture here too, just because it will be stamped on your brain that you need vanilla the next time you go to the store. Or you could just write in on your grocery list I guess.
Step Seven: Combine flour, baking powder and salt and add to the chocolate mixture just until blended. (Here is something important to know when it comes to making really good brownies...DO NOT OVER MIX! That truly is one secret to yummy brownies.)
Possible Step Eight: Add in nuts or chocolate chips. I was out so we had poor old plain brownies. There were hardly any left so I really don't think it hurt them, though. 
What step are we on? 
Step Eight: if you didn't do add ins...Step Nine if you did but I guess that isn't really important at this point. You just gotta pour it into a pan. You can put it into any old 8x8 baking dish unless you've doubled the recipe (which I did) and you have the fabulous all edges brownie pan (which I do). 
Step Nine (or ten): Bake at 350 degrees for twenty to twenty five minutes. It's really easy to over bake these so you'll want to err on the side of caution and just keep checking  on them until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.
After they've cooled in the pan you can cut them into squares. The brownies have that nice crunchy top and a warm chewy inside. Despite what my oldest child says, (come on, who doesn't eat ice cream?) they have a yummy sweet chocolate taste. Serve with a nice cold cup of milk or take them to Wednesday night's church supper and enjoy!


Jessica said...

These look delicious... The photos are lovely also.

And Sarah doesn't like ice cream? What's wrong with that girl? =)

Lauren said...

They did taste good. I just kept looking for a non-edge piece. I didn't find one, Hummmm . . .

Lori Warman said...

This is a terrible, awful, no good, very bad post..........but the pictures are great!!!!!!! Get thee behind me satan.

BeckyJ said...

Oh yay! I've been waiting for this recipe. These were some of the best brownies I've ever tasted! Very chocolatey and wonderful.

Jane said...

Sarah and I are just too much alike...the only icecream I really like is mint chocolate chip.

And why did you only make it in that blasted snake dish?



and Deceiving...

I now understand why you aren't thinking straight.
It all makes sense.

Maggie said...

Marty, this looks scrumptious...

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