November 1, 2013

One-Bowl Brownies

I love that Smitten Kitchen refers to these brownies as nap brownies because they can be created (start to finish) in the amount of time her son naps. I know the feeling with our first child.

I whipped these up to top cupcakes and never photographed the brownies on their own. These are excellent brownies, though, and they are perfect to toss leftovers in the freezer to help with portion control. I'm tempted to make a batch just to keep them in the freezer.

I made just a few tweaks to her version.

One-Bowl Brownies
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1 stick butter, plus extra for pan
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
2/3 cup flour

Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment. Butter the parchment or foil.

Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and salt. Stir in flour, and scrape batter into prepared pan. 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. Makes an 8 x 8 pan.

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