Sunday, March 15, 2015

145.8...Ultimate Brownies

Last weekend when I went on a baking frenzy, I made a batch of amazingly rich brownies. They were decadent, fudgey and fabulous all at the same time. 

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Ultimate Brownies (Makes 9 large brownies)

Recipe adapted from Handle the Heat

Ingredients:

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter and unsweetened chocolate. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute then stir. Continue heating in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Add the flour and salt, folding gently until combined.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake until a tester comes out with moist crumbs still attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Do not overtake. Let cool to room temperature. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

*Note: If you don’t have unsweetened chocolate (I didn’t), there a great substitution for it! Check it out here

Printable Recipe

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Yesterday when we were in Palm Desert, we celebrated Stephanie’s birthday. Her birthday was in February but this was the first time we were all together to celebrate. 

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Cake. Mmmmmm.

We hit the road back to San Diego, stopping at Taco Bell for a quick dinner along the way.

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I wasn’t arguing when my kids said they wanted Taco Bell. I love their taco supremes. Love.

This morning’s breakfast was scrambled egg beaters, onion, spinach and jack cheese. 

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Today we have no plans. None. And I’m thrilled. 

 Do you prefer your brownies fudgey or cakey?

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