The Simplest Brownies Ever

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The Simplest Brownies, Pastry Maestra

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mmmm, brownies! A sensational chocolate delight, and so easy to make – you will need just a few ingredients, one mixing bowl, and enough patience to wait until the oven does its miracle. And after that – the feast can begin!
Brownies are one of the best American inventions, if you ask me! They are made of chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, and a little bit of flour. There is a special quality that sets them apart from any other cake – inside, they are soft and gooey, and the secret is – they are actually under baked!

Now, that made me curious, so I started digging around in order to find out who actually invented this simple, yet out of this world treat! And sure enough – I’ve found numerous stories and legends, some of them plain silly because it seems that everybody and their aunt knows everything about brownies! Anyway, finally I got to the bottom of the problem and found out that the word “brownie” was first mentioned in the 1896 “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book”, written by an American culinary expert Fannie Merritt Farmer. However, the recipe for this brownie is somewhat different from the one we know and adore nowadays – this one called for butter, powdered sugar, molasses, eggs, flour, and pecan nuts. What, no chocolate, you ask?! How the heck do you make brownies without chocolate? Well – you don’t! Ms. Fannie will forgive me, but – as far as I’m concerned, a brownie without chocolate is like a man without a moustache – everything is there, but nothing tickles! Ooops, sorry, my train of thoughts derailed for a second!
The Simplest Brownies, Pastry Maestra
Anyway, here you have a yummy recipe, full of chocolate, of course! I recommend using dark chocolate with higher cocoa solids content for extra pleasure. One more tip: serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or – even better, pour some melted chocolate over everything!

The Simplest Brownies, Pastry Maestra

Brownies Recipe

by:Tereza Alabanda,The Pastry Maestra

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Prep. time : 5 minutes

Cook time : 20 minutes

Ready in 25 minutes

Level : Basic

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate 300g (10.6oz)
  • Butter 250g (8.8oz)
  • Granulated sugar 160g (5.6oz)
  • Eggs 4 (200g/7oz)
  • Flour 30g (1oz)

Directions

  1. Put chopped chocolate and butter into a bowl and melt over bain-marie or in a microwave.
  2. Add granulated sugar and whisk.
  3. Add eggs one by one and whisk until combined.
  4. Fold in the flour and pour into 20×20 cm (8×8 inches) baking pan.
  5. Bake at 180°C (350°F) for approximately 20-25 minutes, it should be moist and gooey on the inside.

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