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
1/2 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.