The Perfect Brownie

IMG_3593

Who doesn’t love a chocolaty, gooey brownie?

This is an easy recipe that you can whip up pretty quickly. It uses your basic ingredients, butter, sugar, eggs and flour. What can make a difference is the quality of cocoa you use, the darker and richer the colour, the better. This isn’t a healthy recipe by any means, but boy oh boy does it taste good!

Brownies are quite versatile. You can bake them in a pan, top with icing or with a mixture of chopped chocolate, nuts and coconut. I like making them into cupcakes and decorating with coloured icing and sprinkles for a special occasion. You can also use this brownie recipe as a base for a non-bake cheesecake or mousse dessert… mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

IMG_3403

Now let’s get started.

 

First, preheat your oven to 350°F and prep your pan. I normally use a 9” x 13” pan and line it with aluminum foil to make my life much easier once the brownies are cooked, and when removing them from the pan. Grease the pan lightly and set aside.

Mix the following in a glass measuring cup.

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Add 4 eggs and mix well.

Add the following to the wet mixture. Stir until just combined.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder

IMG_3568

Now comes the fun part. You can choose to keep it plain or add one, two, or all of the following.

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts)
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup coconut

DO NOT OVER MIX!!! This is very important. I know the tendency is to want to mix your little heart out until everything is perfectly combined. Please try to refrain; your brownies will turn out more tender and moist.

IMG_3570

Pour the batter into your prepared pan. If you wish, sprinkle additional chopped chocolate, nuts or coconut on top of the batter. This makes any sweet treat look delicious and very appealing and can save you some excess sugar and fat. Or go all out and wait to ice the brownies with chocolate icing and sprinkles once the brownies are cooked. I don’t know what it is about sprinkles, but I just love em! I think it is the inner kid in me that wants to put coloured sprinkles on everything!

Pop the pan in the oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the pan comes out clean). Brownies are always better slightly underdone than crispy in my opinion.

If you are icing the brownies, mix the following ingredients using a hand held beater while the brownies are cooking.

  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

You will find the mixture quite dry, that’s okay! Add an egg to make it smooth and creamy. I know what you’re thinking… raw egg? You ice the brownies while still warm, so the heat of the brownies cooks the egg slightly and thickens the icing. Beat the icing until well combined and smooth.

Once the brownies are cooked, allow them to cool in the pan on a wire rack. If icing, wait a few minutes and ice while the brownies are still warm.

Let the brownies cool completely and chill before cutting into squares.

Dig in!

IMG_3586

 

IMG_3583

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s