I’m a day late with my best wishes for Valentine’s Day, but the intention is there. I meant to blog about something chocolate for the holiday, but I ran out of time as I had better things to do. Palma from Palmabellas Passions stopped by for coffee this afternoon with her husband. Even though she said “no food” I knew I had to make a little something. I decided immediately that it had to be chocolate for two reasons-it was Valentine’s Day and in just two days Lent begins and that’s it for me and chocolate for six very long weeks. Okay-so I made the brownies for myself. I admit it!
I decided to make one and a half times the recipe because I wanted big, thick gooey brownies. The original recipe makes great, moist brownies, but they aren’t very thick. I’ve increased the recipe before with success, but this time I guess I wasn’t paying enough attention, because after the brownies were in the oven, I realized that I added too much flour! At any rate, they were okay (not stellar) and I’m sort of saved because Palma wasn’t eating any dessert. I hope her husband Brad was okay with the finished product. I, however, am looking to eat as much chocolate as I can before Ash Wednesday and so I will be finishing off the brownies.
My Mom’s Brownies
2 squares unsweetened baker’s chocolate
1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I like to line an 8″ x 8″ pan with aluminum foil and then spray that with cooking spray or brush with melted butter. This way you can remove the brownies from the pan for slicing.
Together in a saucepan melt the unsweetened chocolate and butter. Set aside to cool. Add sugar to a mixing bowl and add cooled chocolate mixture. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Add flour and beat until smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes.
I like to add chopped nuts. This time I used hazelnuts which I had toasted, skinned and chopped. In an attempt to make up some of the moistness that I lost with the extra flour I frosted the brownies with a little ganache (chocolate melted with cream) that I mixed with some Nutella! Not too bad…
P.S. This is the recipe with the original amounts.