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I sent my kids off to their first day of school last week.  It’s always exciting to see them dressed in their “first day of school outfits,” with new backpacks and lunch boxes and ready to start a new school year.  Besides the usual photos before sending them off, I also wanted to commemorate the day with a special after-school treat.
Ready to go into the oven.

Ready to go into the oven.

Incorporating the sugars into the chocolate-butter mixture.
Incorporating the sugars into the chocolate-butter mixture.

Brownies are always welcome, especially a homemade recipe that is easy to prepare and always yields good results.  Using Baker’s unsweetened chocolate and their tried and true “One Bowl Brownies,” I set to work. 

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Baker’s One Bowl Brownies Recipe

Ingredients

4 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate

3/4 cup butter

2 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (I used 3/4 cup chopped walnuts)

Method

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends extending over sides of pan.  Grease foil.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes.* Stir to combine until chocolate is melted.  Stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add flour and nuts; mix well and spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with “fudgy crumbs.”  Cool in pan on wire rack.

Yield: 24 servings

*Stirring at 30-second intervals will help reduce the possibility of over-cooking the butter-chocolate mixture in the microwave.

 

As a Southern Living Magazine subscriber I found their recipe in the August 2009 issue for “The Best Brownies.”  It turns out that their test kitchen recipe is a variation on the much-loved “One Bowl Brownies” by Baker’s Chocolate.   The difference in the recipe is that the Southern Living recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.  They were also baked in an 8-inch baking pan.  I made one batch from the Baker’s recipe and two batches of the variation from Southern Living.  I found the latter to be more of a chocolate confection, almost candy-like and less “cakey.”  Both were excellent so why not try a bowl of each and let your family decide.

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