as I was getting ready to publish this post, something along the lines of irony struck me:
I’m sharing a brownie recipe on a blog named brownie diaries.
ha! or is that just me who thinks this is funny?
generally speaking, I’m not much of a brownie person; by that I mean that while I very much enjoy eating them, I do not feel compelled to make them very often. when I get the urge to bake something, I usually turn to cookies because they’re quick and easy and pretty much fail-proof. my previous experience with brownie making has always ended with the product coming out dry dry dry. and dry brownies are not good brownies (in my opinion). I like ‘em moist and gooey.
so when I stumbled across this recipe it was a life-changing experience. no exaggeration. my sugar-craving habits may have been permanently changed forever.
another nice thing about this recipes? you can make it all in one bowl (and by bowl I mean saucepan).
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
optional ingredients: Nutella, sea salt, whatever else you want
- Prep work: Preheat oven to 350o. Grease and flour your pan [preferably 8” x 8”].
- In a saucepan, melt your butter. I chose to brown mine because brown butter is my current weakness, but I’m not sure how much of an impact it has on the flavor of the brownies. the cocoa powder is pretty dominant. If you choose to go the brown butter route, just remember to let the butter cool a bit before adding the next ingredients. I halfway scrambled some eggs that way the first time I did this…oops.
- Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract to the saucepan. Mix. I also threw in a couple of scoops of Nutella for good measure. I’d call that a smart choice.
- Beat in cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Transfer to baking pan.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Optional: top with a bit of sea salt for some nice added flavor.
- Enjoy. preferably with a nice cool glass of milk.
recipe adapted from here