Thursday, June 2, 2011

Brownies (from scratch!)

I had to bake something at the last-minute for work recently and only had about an hour, so cupcakes were out.  Usually I just whip up brownies in this situation, but I didn’t have any brownie mix on hand.  Then I realized – I could make these from scratch!

I pulled out my trusty Joy of Cooking and found a recipe for Brownies Cockaigne.

First, I melted butter and chocolate in a sauce pan, then set aside to cool (I was crunched for time so I stuck it in the fridge).

Once they were cooled, I beat 4 eggs and salt with a wire whisk…

Until foamy:

I whisked in sugar and vanilla, then stirred in the chocolate mixture and flour until just combined.

I poured into a greased pan and baked for approx. 30 minutes.

Before it cooled, I dusted with powdered sugar – pretty!

This is a quick, easy recipe and only needs 7 ingredients – in my opinion, it was pretty comparable to the Ghirardelli boxed mix I usually use!

Brownies Cockaigne (from Joy of Cooking)
1 stick unsalted butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
4 large eggs
¼ tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour

·         Preheat oven to 350
·         Melt butter and chocolate together in small saucepan. Cool completely.
·         Beat eggs and salt until foaming.  Add the sugar and vanilla and mix well.
·         Add the cooled chocolate mixture and stir until just combined.
·         Add the flour and stir until just combined.
·         Pour into a greased 13”x9” pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
·         Place on wire rack to cool and dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Bon app├ętit!