What do you do when your cousin asks you to make her wedding cake but she’s not a fan of regular cake? You make her a brownie layer of course!
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
6 oz semi sweet chocolate (about 6 squares)
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Options: You can add 1 cup of nuts, skor bits, dried cranberries to this batter for variety.
Microwave safe bowl
Measuring cups & spoons
Small mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
9 x 9 square baking pan
Butter knife (used for leveling the dry ingredients)
- Preheat oven to 325*F and spray or grease & flour a 9 inch square cake pan.
- Coarsely chop the chocolate and place in a medium size microwave safe bowl along with the butter. Microwave on medium for 1.5 – 3 minutes, depending on your microwave. Keep a close eye on it. When the butter is melted you’re done – the residual heat will finish melting the chocolate. (Tip: I cut the butter into small cubes so it melts faster and reduces the chances of burning the chocolate). Set aside to cool.
- In a small mixing bowl, using a fork, stir flour with cocoa and salt.
- In the large mixing bowl whisk the eggs briefly on their own, then add the sugar and vanilla. Whisk everything together until well combined.
Here’s what your 3 bowls should look like:
5. Make sure your chocolate mixture is cooled. Then scape it into your egg mixture & stir until combined.
6. Gradually add in flour mixture and stir until just absorbed. I add in 1/3 or ¼ of the flour at a time. DO NOT over mix – this will toughen the brownies. Add any options like nuts or skor bits at this time.
Here’s what the batter should look like:
7. Bake until the edges are firm and the middle is set, about 35 – 45 minutes. Don’t over bake. (a toothpick inserted in the centre may have chocolately crumbs clinging to it) Remove pan to a rack and cool. Cut into squares. Brownies will keep well, covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 1 month.
I’d like to thank Jennifer for the opportunity to be a guest poster on her blog. If you like the recipe please come by my own blog and say hi & see what other creations are happening in my kitchen. http://lifeandfoodnetwork.blogspot.ca/