This week’s cooking challenge from 26 Foods You should learn to cook in your twenties blog, is Homemade Brownies! This one was a lot more fun seeing as how we all agreed that brownies rock! I think looking up recipes on Pinterest was almost as much fun as making them. Okay, maybe not since there is no way to virtually taste them. As least not now. Give it time.
Since I had a hard time making a decision and the girls weren’t any help, I decided to post the top three and then tell you about our experience with one of them.
First there was Cookie Dough Brownies from Chocolate with Grace. Oh my goodness those are definitely on my ‘to bake’ list! I’m thinking about pairing it up with some cookie dough ice cream and have a death by cookie dough experience!
Second there was Reese’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bites from Princess Pinky Girl. What I liked about this is it included the chocolate chip cookie dough along with Reese’s. Reese’s are my favorite candy! But then as I looked at it, I soon realized it wasn’t brownies at all! So I had to nix this one. But hey! It too is going onto my ‘to bake’ list. And they will be ALL MINE!
I finally decided to go more traditional with our homemade brownies. Our recipe is adapted from Chewy Fudgy Homemade Brownies at Sally’s Baking Addiction.
I decided to use a better quality chocolate than my usual ‘store brand’. Throw caution to the wind and go for the Bakers brand. Okay, so that isn’t much of a stretch, but I’m a cheapskate and haven’t made the move to REALLY nice chocolate yet. I’m pretty certain that I’m truly missing out on something amazing! One day I suppose.
I often feel like I’m the one doing most of the work during these ‘Challenges’. And since I already know how to make most of these foods, and if I’m doing all the work, what are they actually learning? So I was smart this week and made them take turns stirring the chocolate! All torturous five minutes!
1/2 cup butter
8 ounces coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Melt the chocolate and butter on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl and allow to cook for about 10 minutes.
Whisk in the sugars and then add the eggs one at a time. Once the eggs are mixed in and the chocolate mix is smooth add the vanilla and then fold in the cocoa, salt and flour. Once it is combined, gently fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into a prepared 8×8 baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Once a toothpick comes out clean, the brownies should be done. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Once completely cooled, remove from pan and enjoy!
What is your favorite brand of chocolate? I need to be convince to spend the extra money!
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