i've got me a 3-going-on-4-month-old girl at home. she's awesome. she's my honey pie. she smells good enough to eat. her laugh is like sonic sweets for the soul. it's makes for an interesting challenge when my 3-going-on-10-year-old boy and i want to bake something in the kitchen. any mom knows this dilemma. most probably just avoid it all-together and stay out of the kitchen as much as possible, but i can't do that. partly because i love to cook and partly because my son does, too. and on these endless winter days when he's not in school, we need something to do! (and eat!) so, into the kitchen we go. my son has an interesting challenge of doing more than he used to because now mommy has to tend to baby. i walk around the kitchen with the babe in one hand and the other hand is busy getting ingredients and measuring cups ready. the boy has to do all the scooping, dumping, mixing. so what if there's an egg shell in my brownie? and maybe there's a little more salt in there than there should be. oh well. so we made brownies in a round pan instead of a square one because mommy couldn't bend down and search for the right pan. big deal. we still get it done. and it's yummy. and he feels proud. he and i come out of it unscathed--a little chocolate on our pants. baby drool all over my shirt. but at the end of it all, we sit down for brownies and milk. and that's good stuff. here is a GREAT recipe for chocolate brownies:
Vary baking time for fudgier or cakier brownies
2 sticks unsalted butter 8 oz bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups all-purp' flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Grease a 9x2-inch square baking pan (or a 9" pie plate if you're like me!).
Melt butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water--stir occasionally, until just melted and smooth.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl, then pour the chocolate mixture in, whisking until well combined.
Whisk in the flour mixture and pour batter into baking pan.
Fudgy Brownies: Bake until top is shiny and set--the sides will have begun to pull away slightly and a toothpick or tester will not come out clean, about 35 minutes.
Cakey Brownies: Bake until toothpick or tester comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack. Invert onto a cutting board and cut into squares or the shape of your choosing.
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