Posted by: briellethefirst | August 7, 2010

Brownies


I’ll start with the first thing I learned to make when I learned to cook. Brownies. I was 8 then and now I’m teaching my grand kids to cook. You can even do it one-handed since there’s no chopping or strenuous mixing. I know this because I fell off a horse a few years ago and broke my collar bone. Before you begin grease an 8″ or 9″ cake pan with butter, oil, or spray stuff.

Warm a skillet over medium heat and melt 1 stick (1/2c) Butter or Margarine and 2 squares of bittersweet chocolate. When they begin to melt turn off the heat and let them finish melting, stirring occasionally.

When melted, add 1 cup Sugar and 1 tsp Vanilla. By the time that’s mixed in it should be cool enough to stir in 2 Eggs without cooking them. Measure 3/4 cup Flour into the buttered cake pan, coat it with the Flour and then add the bulk of the Flour to the skillet. Bang the pan on the counter to make sure all the loose Flour goes into the batter. Mix the Flour into the batter, then pour the batter into the cake pan.

Bake at 350 degrees f for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. It’s easier to cut if you can wait till it’s almost cool.

Options: you can add Nuts, Chocolate chips, Butterscotch or Peanut butter chips, broken Peppermint candies, Dried Fruits, mini Marshmallows or anything your heart desires. You can also leave the top plain or sprinkle with Powdered Sugar, put Chocolate Chips on when still hot so they melt and you can spread them over like icing, you can make or buy cake icing, make a batch of fudge to pour and spread on top, spread jam on top or combine layers. Brownies topped with fudge topped with jam finished with a sprinkling of powdered sugar can be fun for a special event, maybe with even nonpareils or other kinds of sprinkles! If you make it for a Kid’s party you can even decorate with candies like gummy critters or animal crackers. You can also make them individually in muffin tins lined with paper or fancy cupcake cups. A very simple way to make the brownies look way fancy is to lay a doily over the top before sprinkling with powdered sugar then take the doily off, leaving a lacy pattern.

Whether you make them plain or fancy the point is to have fun.

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