>> Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Just because we've given up HFCS and are eating healthier doesn't mean that we can't enjoy a decadent dessert every now and then. I found this delectable brownie recipe in Fine Cooking about a decade ago, and it's the only brownie I make since. If you like a cakey brownie, this is not the brownie for you! These brownies are extra fudgy with a deep chocolate flavor.
If you are gluten intolerant or have a wheat allergy, I'm happy to report that these brownies are just as good with a non-wheat flour. I've made many batches using brown rice flour (one to one substitution), and I don't think that there is any noticeable difference in the final product.
The next time you're looking for a chocolaty treat, whip a batch of these up. It takes literally 5 min to throw these together to pop into the oven.
Best Brownies Ever
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
10 TBSP melted butter
2 large eggs
1/3 cup all purpose flour (brown rice and other gluten free flours work well too)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Heat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8"x8" baking pan (preferably metal) with aluminum foil across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan. (I use 2 long strips of Al foil and criss-cross them.)
In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt, and butter. Add the eggs and beat until the batter is thick and lightened in color. Add the flour and mix until just blended. Fold in the nuts, if using. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until the top is puffed and slightly crusted and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little fudge batter clinging to it, about 30 min.
Let the brownies cool completely in the pan on a rack. Lift the ends of the foil to remove them. Invert the brownies on a plate and peel the foil off. Turn the brownies right side up and cut into squares.
I live at altitude, and that seems to affect the cooking time. The last batch I made took about 50 min to really set up. So, check them at 30 min, but don't be afraid to let them cook a little longer if necessary!
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