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Brownies

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There is no reason, ever, to make brownies from a box. This  recipe is based on the super-simple, one-bowl brownies that has been on the back of the Baker’s unsweetened chocolate box for years. Every time I use a different recipe, I wish I hadn’t and swear to use only this recipe from then on. Until I’m seduced by a new recipe that is always more complicated, because complexity must mean better. But it never does when talking about brownies.

These are fudgy. If you like cake-like brownies, I am of no help to you.

By the way, if you’re wondering why you now get half as much Baker’s baking chocolate for lots more than half the price, here’s your answer. And here. Sounds like the tobacco companies have loaned their PR people to Kraft.

Brownies
 
The recipe on the Baker's chocolate box says to make these in a 9" x 13" pan, which makes them too thin for my tastes, but I never add nuts, which would add a little volume to the pan. While I understand that some people like nuts in their brownies, I consider that to be a character flaw. I double the recipe and bake in an 11" x 15" pan. If I were making a single batch, I'd use a 9" x 9" pan.
Ingredients
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate (bar, not cocoa)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs (or 4, to make them extra fudgy – I use 7 for a double batch)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (I use 2)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup nuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Spray whatever size pan you've decided on with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl (I use an 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup).
  3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir until the chocolate is melted. You may need to microwave for a little longer.
  5. Stir in sugar.
  6. Blend in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  7. Add flour and salt.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Stir in nuts if you are so inclined.
  10. Spread evenly in the pan.
  11. Bake in 350° oven (325° if you're using a glass pan), for about 30 – 35 minutes until a toothpick poked in the middle comes out with a few crumbs.

We put frosting on brownies, as everyone should. Now I will tell a story that our family has heard many times: One day C1 called me and wailed, “Mommeeee!! S wants to know why we put frosting on brownies!” I could tell that he was concerned that her surprising ignorance in this important matter might be too great to overcome, because there can be no compromise when it comes to frosting on brownies, so I gave the only possible answer, “I’m so sorry for your troubles. If you were married, questions like that would be grounds for divorce. It’s good that you found out now.” They’re married now, and I’m pretty sure brownies don’t leave their house before being properly frosted.

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