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doodlemor:
Here is my very favorite brownie recipe.  It is also very easy - you just have to whisk the ingredients together.

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bakers-one-bowl-brownies-54515.aspx

"Baker's" is a brand of squares of unsweetened chocolate.  If the 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate are unavailable you can substitute 3 T unsweetened cocoa and 1 T butter for each square.

I like the gooey brownies best, too.  Don't ever overbake brownies - they will be hard and dry.

If you are taking them somewhere that frosting [chocolate, of course] could be messy, just add some chocolate chips to the batter before you bake them.  Another thing that people do that is delicious is to put half of the batter in the pan, and then put in a layer of peppermint patties, and then the rest of the batter.  [Peppermint patties are little candies about an inch and a half or so in diameter that have white peppermint insides with a chocolate coating.]

Bethalize:
Thanks.

The problem I have now is that the only cocoa available here is Dutch processed. Natural cocoa? Forget it! I'm going to have to look up substitutions.

Hmmmmm:

--- Quote from: Bethalize on March 20, 2013, 04:59:52 AM ---Thanks.

The problem I have now is that the only cocoa available here is Dutch processed. Natural cocoa? Forget it! I'm going to have to look up substitutions.

--- End quote ---

The cocoa recipe I posted uses Dutch processed.

Zilla:

--- Quote from: Bethalize on March 20, 2013, 04:59:52 AM ---Thanks.

The problem I have now is that the only cocoa available here is Dutch processed. Natural cocoa? Forget it! I'm going to have to look up substitutions.

--- End quote ---


Can you get ground chocolate?  Cocoa powder is too strong for me (I am weird that I am not a huge fan of chocolate lol) This is what I use in brownies with great success.  My recipe is simple as well and produces a shiny crust but fudgey texture underneath.  You can cook it a tad longer and it will be a bit more dense cake like if you want less fudgey.  If you can't find the ground chocolate, you can probably dump the flour from below recipe with 12 ounces of favorite chocolate bar in a food processor.  The flour should help from the chocolate clumping up.


Ground Chocolate: http://www.ghirardelli.com/store/shop-products/collections/hot-cocoa-beverages/sweet-ground-chocolate-and-cocoa.html


1/2 cup of oil OR softened butter
1 cup of sugar*
2 eggs
1/2 cup of ground chocolate (*if using bittersweet, up the sugar to 1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of vanilla
Optional: 1/2 cup of walnuts or chocolate chips, lightly floured.


Barely mix the above till just incorporated, bake in a preheated 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Use oversized parchment paper or foil to line the pan, and let it overhang.  When done out of the oven, use the overhang to take brownies and let it cool rapidly.  It will continue to cook/steam if left in the pan. 


ETA:  I have also used chocolate shavings in this recipe if I didn't have my ground chocolate on hand.  Take a serrated knife and coarsely chop chocolate. (being lazy if I didn't want to clean the processor)

PastryGoddess:
I'm making brownies tonight....

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