Monday, May 25, 2009

Needed: Fudgy Brownie Recipe

In case you were wondering, I mean "needed" in the sense of "I am 38 weeks pregnant and am about to go out and buy packaged brownie mix" need.

Brownies are my Achilles heel, my kryptonite. They are my favorite dessert, and the only baked good that I thus far have been unable to reproduce to my satisfaction at home. All the recipes I have tried have come out tasting more like chocolate cake then brownies, or have been severely lacking in chocolate flavor. Or both. I like my brownies with deep chocolate flavor, a dense fudgy texture, and generally exactly like the boxed kind. If anyone has a recipe that they have had success with at home, you will be my hero. If we didn't already have a baby name picked out, I might even have named the baby after you.

Seriously, if the next batch doesn't come out right, I might have to resort to a boxed mix simply for my sanity. This will not promote marital harmony, although I am holding out hope that my husband will be gracious and allow me one cheat. Right???

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  • Elizabeth


    the recipe from Desparation Dinners! is quick, fudgy, and very easy.

    Magic Brownies

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
    4 squares (1 oz ea) unsweetened baking chocolate (I have used the cocoa powder substitution on the box before)

    2 lg eggs
    1 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup all purpose flour
    1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
    cooking oil spray
    1/2 semisweet chocolate chips

    this was developed for a 700 watt microwave, so for newer ovens, you may want to try a lower power

    1. Combine the butter and chocolate squares (or substitute) in a 2 cup glass measure and microwave uncovered on high until the butter is almost completely melted (about 2 min)
    2.Beat the eggs in a 2 quart or larger bowl with a whisk until foamy; whisk in in sugar, vanilla, and salt.
    3.Stir the chocolate/butter mix until the chocolate is completely melted and mixture is blended. Then add it to the egg mixture and stir well to blend. Stir in the flour and then nuts (if using). Spray an 8 inch square or 9 inch round microwave safe dish and pour in the batter. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly on top.
    4. Microwave on high (or 70-80%) until the batter is just set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean; about 4 1/2 to 5 minutes. Rotate the dish every minute if your oven doesn't have a turntable. Do not overbake. Serve warm.

    Usually I'm able to wash the bowls, etc. while the brownies cook and then they are just right after about 20-30 minutes of cooling. For immediate needs, serve with vanilla ice cream so that you don't scald your mouth!

  • Sherry

    Don't you have Laura's brownie recipe she got from Evie? I think that one is good.

  • Anne Marie@Married to the Empire

    You're very pregnant. I think you're allowed all the cheats you want!

    I wish I had a recipe to pass on to you, but I can't eat chocolate, so I don't bake brownies. Now if you're ever interested in blondies, I can help you out!

  • Sara


    Eat the boxed brownies....really, they taste so much better, and pregnant ladies deserve whatever they want when they are 38 weeks pregnant. :)


  • Laura

    As Mom hinted at, I'm loyal to our cousin Evie's ridiculously chocolaty brownie recipe. I've found that it turns out very good with freshly milled wheat and sucanat honey crystals. I think they are chocolatier, though not sweeter, than a box mix. I like them refrigerated so they have the consistency of fudge, but at room temperature they're quite like the box mix version.