Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fudgy Brownies

I am convinced brownies or that matter anything with chocolate can lift one's spirits. This simple recipe is a definite winner. It's chocolaty, fudgy and decadent. One small piece is all you'll need to brighten your day. I've also included several other favorite Ever Ready brownie recipes not knowing what ingredients you have available.  
Fudgy Brownies
Cook's Notes: Espresso powder amps up the rich, chocolate flavor of many desserts including cakes, brownies and cookies without leaving a strong coffee taste.
Recipe from Taste of Home Magazine. It's so easy to put together using only one bowl for preparation. Some optional add ins include: nuts, chocolate chips, sprinkles and Kahlua or Amaretto. I kept the brownies refrigerated to retain their shape.
Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 TB. Kahlua or Amaretto
Brownie Directions:
  • Line a 8 x 8 glass pan with foil that has been greased. Make sure edges of foil extend over the sides. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a large bowl beat sugar, eggs and vanilla for 3 minutes to increase the volume. Beat in  butter with Kahlua or Amaretto if using, mix well.
  • Combine the flour, salt, cocoa, espresso powder and baking powder. Add to butter/egg mixture and mix well
  • Fold in nuts and chips and pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of center clean.
  • Cool brownies in pan for 10 minutes, then use foil edges to lift brownies out and place foiled brownies on a wire rack to cool. Place wax paper under the wire cooling rack and frost brownies.

Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I used bittersweet as a contrast to brownie batter)  
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 TB. Kahlua or Amaretto
Frosting Directions:
  • In a saucepan add milk, sugar, butter and chips.
  • Over medium heat bring to a boil stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes
  • Remove pan from stove, stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Use a mixer and beat until smooth in the saucepan. Add more milk if necessary for correct consistency.
  • Add in Kahlua or Amaretto if using.
These are some favorite Ever Ready's previously posted brownies recipes.
Snicker Brownies

Besides brownies, this unexpected cactus pop of color in the yard was more than uplifting! Spring is on the horizon.

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