Monday, March 29, 2010

"Oh-My-God-I-Need-To-Sit-Down" Brownies.

I've been looking for a really good recipe for brownies. One that doesn't call for 1 cup of butter and 2 cups of sugar...I seached a lot of other food blogs, looked through my cookbooks, and in the end settled for, again, one of Sarah Philips' "Healthy Oven" recipe. I think I'd made them before, a long time ago because that page was a little dirty(sign of a good cook book...). But I didn't remember they were THAT good!
So after making sure I had all the ingredients I decided to go for it.
Now, let me warn you in advance, you MAY need to sit down to eat these. My knees buckled a bit...This is the Holy Grail of Brownies!


4 TBSP melted butter, and cooled a bit.
2 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate( I used Baker's Chocolate, 1 square is 1 once)

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour(or all-purpose...I find pastry flour better for baking, it makes everything more moist and tender.)
1/3 cup unsweetened coca powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 TBSP canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder

1/2 cup white chocolate chips(optional, this was my idea...)


-Heat theoven at 350F, positon the rack in the middle of the oven. Spray an 8-inch square pan with oil.
-Melt the chocolate(in the microwave is the more convenient way), and let it cool a bit.
-In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, coca powder(may need to sift it if it's too lumpy), baking powder and salt, Set aside.
-In another bowl whisk butter, sugar, egg, egg whites, oil, vanilla, instant coffee and melted chocolate until smooth (mine was a little lumpy still)
-With a rubber spatula or spoon, add in the dry ingredients. Add choclate chips...or nuts would be good in there too!
-Pour into the baking pan and smooth the top. I added a bit more chocolate chips on the top...
-Bake until the edges pull away from the pan, EXACTLY 25 MINUTES. Also, do NOT open the oven's door while it bakes because it will deflate.
-Cool in the pan on a wire rack. them sitting down...