There are so many resources when it comes to finding great recipes. A few of my favourite sites have been: Savory Simple, Smitten Kitchen and Style Sweet CA. They do not disappoint. Another important thing, for me at least, with blogs is that you are not inundated with ads – I loathe them and they seem to slow my computer. Recipes accessed in a user friendly manner is also important.
I tend to use the same basic recipes repeatedly with the exceptions of brownies. I am always searching for the perfect brownie. I wanted to share with you a simple, quick (with easy clean up) recipe from Smitten Kitchen’s blog. It is brownie perfection! If you are in need of a quick and personal gift, this could be your answer. If you want to read the entire blog: My Favorite Brownies. Is there a better way to spend a rainy day other than in the kitchen baking? Do let me know what you think. ENJOY!
My Favorite Brownie
Makes 1 8×8 pan of brownies which you can cut into 16 2-inch squares (shown above), 25 smaller squares, or 32 2×1-inch bites, which is what I usually do.
3 ounces (85 grams) unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1 stick (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
1 1/3 cups (265 grams) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt or 1/4 teaspoon table salt (about 2 grams)
2/3 cup (85 grams) all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment, extending it up two sides, or foil. Butter the parchment or foil or spray it with a nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium heatproof bowl over gently simmering water, melt chocolate and butter together until only a couple unmelted bits remain. Off the heat, stir until smooth and fully melted. You can also do this in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and salt. Stir in flour with a spoon or flexible spatula and scrape batter into prepared pan, spread until even. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out batter-free.
Let cool and cut into desired size. If you’re like me, you will prefer these and all brownies, cold or even frozen. But I bet you’re normal and will just eat them hot from the pan. If desired, dust the brownies with powdered sugar before serving.
Happy Valentine’s Day!