Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tasty Treat: Fudgy Brownies

I had the very best intentions to share with you my Horsey Grandma's recipe for brownies. Hers are a bit fluffier and cakier and, while I prefer a chewy brownie, I grew up on these and they're darn good. You might be wondering why I call my dear grandmother Horsey. In an effort to differentiate between our grandparents and because my father's parents lived on a farm, adding the Horsey prefix was only natural. Of course, the other explanation is my father had a penchant for nicknames and his sense of humor always leaned towards sadism. My nickname was Poo Bear as in poo poo not Winnie. He only knew baby girl for nine months, but she was swiftly dubbed Grumpenella due to her colic. I really do miss his way with words.

My intentions to bring Horsey Grandma's brownies to you were dashed when I searched high and low through every cookbook, notebook and file; I couldn't find the recipe. I finally came across something labeled Horsey Grandma's Brownies, but upon perusing the ingredients, I knew this wasn't hers. It's actually mine developed several years ago in an effort to make my grandmother's brownies chewier and fudgier. The other night I decided to give it a go and boy are these brownies fudgy and chewy around the edges. I'll call Horsey Grandma to get the original, but for now, all you chocolate lovers, here's a great recipe I'm thrilled to have rediscovered.

Horsey Grandma's Peggy's Fudgy Brownies
(These are great for entertaining topped with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Seal them well and they'll last for days.) 

What You'll Need:

8 oz. Semisweet Chocolate
2 tbsp Cocao Powder
1/2 cup Butter
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 eggs
1tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup White Whole Wheat Flour

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease an 8 inch square brownie pan. To make the brownies even easier to remove, cut a square of parchment paper and lay it down on the bottom of the pan. I'm doing that next time. 

Add the chocolate, cocao powder, butter, sugar and salt to a medium pot and set over a very low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and everything is well combined. Remove from the heat and test with your fingertip to make sure it's not hot to the touch. If it is, let it cool.

Once the mixture is cool, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add the baking powder and flour and mix well. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and spread the batter to the edges. Pop in the oven and cook until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. About 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool in the pan on a rack.

Approximate Dinner Cost:
Groceries: $6
Cost per Meal: Expect 16-32 brownies depending on how small you cut them.

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  1. I am a brownie addict from way back and love trying other people's recipes, so thanks for posting this one!

  2. I should never look at your blog when my stomach's not full, Peggy. Love your recipes -- *and* your family stories.

  3. Alexandra - please let me know what you think!!

    Ruth - thank you so much. Food is so intertwined with stories - heck, forget just food, everything has a story!

  4. Peggy - I love your title, edits and all!
    These look great. By the way, I have a number of your recipes bookmarked. Thanks.

  5. oh wow love Brownies great recipe happy valentines Peggy

  6. Great brownies! Food is even better when they remind you of people you love.

    Happy Valentine's Day.

  7. I'm trying to work my way up to baking brownies that aren't out of a box, and these seem like a good starting point. I'll let you know if they're easy enough for a Duncan Hines gal!

  8. I think Horsey is a really cute name for a grandma; very original.
    By the way, your brownies are excellent, I know 'cause I used to make them every week and I can tell a good recipe when I see one!

  9. Mmm, thank you so much for this recipe. They look good enough to make me lick the computer screen.

  10. Thank you, everyone!!

    Melanie, this recipe is a great place to start. All you need is a pot and a spoon!!!

  11. Wow, anything with this much chocolate and so little flour has gotta be good. I've been looking for a good brownie recipe using whole wheat flour--the one offered through King Arthur was dismal. Even with plenty of chocolate my kids wouldn't eat more than one.

  12. This recipe is DANGEROUS. If I make these, they'll be gone in five minutes. That said, I'm going to have to try them!! And the photographs are delicious in and of themselves!

  13. I love brownies and the chewy type too. These look soooo good! I have to make again.

  14. Oh I love food with a connect, and I love how you refer to these delectable bites. They look SO GOOD Peggy!



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