Monday, November 24, 2008

Fudge Brownies

When I was a little girl one of the things I loved about the weekends was my Dad's Raisin Brownies. I have never tried then anywhere else, I don't know where he got the idea to put raisins into brownies, but boy are they good! I also added pecans and semi sweet chocolate chips just because I'm a chocolate freak, but you can omit both the nuts and chips and just use the raisins.

12 tablespoons of dutch cocoa powder
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of melted butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 ts vanilla extract
1/4 ts almond extract
pinch of salt if butter is unsalted
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup roughly chopped pecans
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350.
    Line your 9 by 13 with parchment paper, tin foil and butter and flour it.
    Place the butter in a medium sauce pan and brown it, then add the cocoa powder and whisk until all lumps are dissolved and you have a smooth sauce.
    Beat the eggs on high speed for no more than one minute, until foamy and slightly risen in volume.
    On low speed gradually add the sugar and beat just to mix.
    Add the vanilla, salt and chocolate mixture and beat until just barely mixed.
    Add the flour and very gently fold it in with a spatula.
    If you are adding the raisins, nuts and chips gently fold those in now.
    Spread out into your prepared pan and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
    The inside will still be soft, don't over bake.
    You can chill it in the fridge for an hour or so and they will cut perfectly!


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