Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mini Brownies

These were supposed to be the highlight of my week. They were tasty but I didn't butter the pan, I thought they wouldn't stick, so of course they stuck! I had to dig each one out with a spoon... not fun!

1 cup butter
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, or 2 chocolate bars
1 cup sugar if using unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup if using chocolate bars
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2 tbs vanilla
1 ts baking powder
1 tbs instant coffee powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

You can half, double or even triple this recipe, it's very forgiving and really a nice way to bake something  sweet in a hurry if you have to. For example if you are married to a very unorganized but very sweet, lovable and sensitive rustic kinda man who rushes into your kitchen and exclaims, "So and so are coming! They just called and will be here in a hour or so, what do you have sweet to nibble on with tea or coffee?" This can be your lifesaver, after all, who doesn't love chocolate?

Preheat the oven to 350.
Melt the butter and sugar together, you can always taste for sweetness if you like it either more sweet or more chocolaty cut or add more sugar. Continue stirring while it's cooking until it gets shiny, this gives it a great crust.

Melt in the chocolate if you are using bars, if using cocoa powder then just whisk it in. Since I'm making it with chocolate bars, I add the vanilla, salt, and coffee now.

Add the eggs, and what's left of the dry ingredients, flour and baking powder.

Pour into a oiled, sprayed or buttered baking dish, I liked the idea of miniature brownies today but any 9x13 will work just as well. Don't over bake! No end pictures, they were a mess! Tasted good, but not pretty!


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