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.
Baker’s One Bowl Brownies Recipe
4 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (I used 3/4 cup chopped walnuts)
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.