I had a big meeting at work and wanted to get good participation. So, I promised baked goods because that was sure to get my co-workers excited. To decide what to bring, I bounced ideas of Rob since he likes most baked goods. My first thought was cupcakes, but we realized they would be far more work and harder for me to take to work on the Metro. Rob then gave me the idea of brownies.
Brownies are one of Rob’s favorite desserts, then again just about anything with chocolate is his favorite. He loves the classic brownies from the boxed mix, so I set out to make something like those. I did my research and I have to say, the variety of recipes and techniques was shocking. In true recipe fashion, I saw everything from boiling liquid to a separate bowl for whisking eggs.
I decided to take various aspects of multiple recipes to get a one bowl, hand mixed technique. This allowed it to be relatively simple and accessible for people without a stand mixer. Plus, it gives you a nice little arm workout as the batter can get pretty thick.
One thing I learned is the batter won’t look like a lot, thankfully the eggs help it puff up a bit so it become more substantial. Also, make sure you grease/butter the baking pan and allow the brownies to really cool before removing. When they cool they will pull away from the side and they came out of the pan so easily.
- 2 Sticks Butter melted
- 2.25 Cups Sugar
- 1.5 Cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1.5 Cups Flour
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Stir together the melted butter and sugar until the sugar starts to melt a bit into the butter.
- Stir in the 4 eggs individually, optionally lightly whisk the eggs before adding.
- Stir in the cocoa powder in 1/2 cup increments.
- Stir in the vanilla, salt and baking powder.
- Stir in the flour in 1/2 cup increments.
- Coat the inside of a 9×13” baking pan with a thin layer of butter.
- Pour the batter into the baking pan. Smooth into an even layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes, the brownies are done when a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before attempting to remove.
- Slice to desired size and remove from the pan.