Thursday, February 4, 2010

We don't cut brownies "straight-like" around here....

You know the feeling. You need chocolate, you don't have a handy dandy mix in the cabinet. What are you going to do? Make them yourself! It is possible- I promise!

I never have to cut the brownies around my house when they get done. Before they are even cooled, somebody, somewhere- from around the house, has already taken care of that little chore. Can't you tell?

A couple of years ago, I came across this recipe. I don't know where it came from but all I know, is that it is good and will make you so sick! (The good, chocolate, fat, overload sick).

If you are trying to loose weight, RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!! Don't read on. If you are a brave soul, get ready- you are less than 20 minutes away from ooey, gooey, chocolaty goodness.

The Best Brownies Ever

Cast of Characters:

1-1/4 cup oil (I say, "forget the oil!", use 2 and a half sticks of butter instead- live dangerously!)
1/4 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract (the real stuff not the chemical, fake stuff)
4 eggs
1-1/2 cup flour (I use bread flour in mine)
1-1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start by mixing the dry ingredients well. Melt or allow the butter to soften (I've always just melted the butter in the microwave, myself). Mix the wet ingredients together with the butter and then mix everything together until just moistened. Pour into a greased 13x9 pan. (Remember all of that butter? Use the butter wrappers to grease your pan.) I use a glass baking dish but you could use a metal- your choice.

Now for the mystery. I never cook anything for a particular time. When it's done, I know it, when it's not, I know it too. I would guess that you need to cook it for 15 minutes and then check on the brownies. When a toothpick (or in my case, a butter knife) comes out clean, it's ready. If not, use your judgment and cook an additional 5-15 minutes depending on your oven and the pan you used. (Sorry I can't be more specific but I'm just one of those cooks that play it by "smell").

Now, doesn't this photo make it look like your hard work will be soooo worth it?


  1. I saw brownies on t.v. the other night and I said, I haven't had brownies in so long. And now here they are, again. If I see them a third time I may cave!

  2. But my non-elastic clothes will hate me!