Every once in a while a chocolate loathing girl needs chocolate. Given the choice of chewy-fruity things, a bowl of salty something or chocolate… my last choice will always be chocolate. Perhaps sprinkle a little sea salt on a piece of dark chocolate… now that might do it for me.
Strangely enough I love chocolate cake. No special occasion is neeeded for chocolate cake, every day would be great. Really.
Brownies… are a personal thing. Cravings for brownies are sporadic, a must have now kind of thing. You know those cravings? The one that just can’t be shaken from your mind?
Of course, just because I don’t like chocolate doesn’t mean that there isn’t chocolate in the Cat house. I bake all the time so there is always some sort of chocolate. The Husband’s nirvana is a bowl of peanut butter and chocolate (in any form) so I keep all sorts of baking bits about, making the emergency craving for brownies a possibility. Any time.
The best recipe I’ve found is made from pantry basics for me. With other recipes I find a trip to the grocery necessary… these perfect Joy Of Cooking Brownies… everything is at the house. They’re crunchy on top, crisp around the edges and gooey on the inside. Perfect really.
Joy of Cooking
1 (4 oz) bar chocolate*
1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
1 c flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9×13″ pan or a 9×9″ pan.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat. Cool while you start prep on the remainder.
With an electric mixer (I use the kitchen aide) beat the eggs until light and foamy, about 4 minutes. Slowly beat in sugar and continue on medium speed until mixture turns a pale yellow. Remove bowl from mixer and gently stir in chocolate and butter mixture. Fold in flour just until moistened.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 mintues (based on pan).
Top with a little ice cream and oh.my. Your cravings will subside. Promise!
*Generally, the type of chocolate I have on hand varies. I’ve used semi-sweet, bitter-sweet, dark… I’ve also used 1/2 c chips instead of the bar and everything worked out fine. It’s about the brownie… right?
**This time, I added in about 1/4 c cappuccino chips to the top of the batter after spreading the mixture into the pan. I served it with coffee flavored ice cream.
Somehow this morning or last night a post I was working on for Wings of Love was published but incomplete. I appologize to those of you who have read it already… I’ll finish it soon and post it this week.