Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Serious Brownies

I call these , because I take them very seriously.  I know.  I am very creative with names.  But seriously- they are perfect.

I was arguing with myself all week about making these.  I have made plenty of delicious brownies, but they have never been my idea of perfect.  But lately, I have been craving the perfect brownie that I have never yet tasted.  Well, I adapted a few recipes and guess what?  They turned out just how I wanted them to!  I hesitate in building them up too much, because I know everyone has their own tastes.  And if you're a food snob, or even worse- a dessert snob -it could get ugly.

So, if you are like me, and want a rich, chocolatey-fudgey-but not too fudgey-brownie with the perfect frosting...well, these might just be for you!  Give them a try, and please let me know how you like them.

1 cup butter1 oz. unsweetened, or semi-sweet baking chocolate2 cups sugar4 eggs, lightly beaten2 tsp. vanilla extract2/3 cup cocoa powder1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. baking powderIn large saucepan, melt butter and chocolate until smooth.  Take off heat.  With wooden spoon, gently stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Then add cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Mix just until combined.  Spread batter in greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 28 minutes.  (Mine came out perfect at 28 minutes, but I know everyone's ovens bake differently, so bake until toothpick comes out mostly clean-but a little tiny bit fudgey.)
Frosting6 tbsp. butter, softened6 tbsp. cocoa powder2 tbsp. honey2 tsp. vanilla1 1/2-2 cups powdered sugarBeat until combined to the consistency you like.  You can add milk to thin it.  Frost while brownies are still warm.

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