I had to roam all over the house, plate of brownies in hand, being followed by two hopeful corgis and one hopeful five year old. All three wishing that I'd drop one or two. I didn't, but promised the kid he could have one after they had their picture taken. The dogs were out of luck.
I finally found a spot in the living room in front of our big window. Nice daylight flooding in there, but geez, it was still tough to get them to look right. I mean, I think they look ok, but it was tough to show how moist and fudgy these really are. And are they ever! I really think this is the last brownie recipe I'll ever need. Seriously! They are easy to make, have cocoa and a nice big dose of melted chocolate, and just give you that "Holy @$%*, these are awesome!" feeling. I dare you to try one and not say that. Just one of these can wash all your troubles away. Ok, it may take two, but that's not hard to take, is it?
I had planned on making Peppermint Pattie Brownies, but remembered that I'd bookmarked another one to try. So glad I thought of them! I had the Peppermint Patties anyway, so I decided to make one pan with and one without.
These Double Chocolate Brownies can be found at Bake or Break, and they are a Martha Stewart recipe. They are perfect. Rich and chocolatey, but not too sweet, and extremely moist. I only did a couple things differently--I melted the chocolate (Ghirardelli semi sweet chips), butter and cocoa in a pan, and not over simmering water. Just do it on medium low and stir it often. You can get the other elements of the recipe ready to go while you keep an eye on it. I didn't notice that you're supposed to butter the pan and the parchment. I didn't do either, and had no trouble, thank goodness! I doubled the recipe and split it between two 8" square pans. I pressed nine Peppermint Patties (mini ones!) evenly into one pan, 3 rows of 3. Press them down about halfway, and using a spoon, gently cover them over with batter. They both baked for exactly 35 minutes and were perfect.
Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, lift the out and let them cool completely before cutting. If you can.
Go make some! I'll bet you have everything on hand, right now. :)
Was that enough brownie porn for one day? I hope so, because I'm all out!