Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Baker's One Bowl Brownies from Scratch

A ways back my friend Nancy from high school was talking about the best brownies - made using the Baker's recipe. I recently happened across it again, and I figured I'd give it a go this weekend. I've never made brownies from scratch. I've always used the box. I will not be using the box any more because these brownies are tops. They're also super easy and require one bowl just like if you were using a brownie mix. MFD is on board. After eating one of these he said, "Steph? Duncan Hines can suck it." Did you hear that Duncan Hines? He's serious.

4 oz bar (or four 1 oz each pieces) Baker's unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 c. (1.5 sticks) butter
2 c. sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour

1 c. chopped nuts, optional, or peanut butter, cream cheese, nutella to swirl through - all optional

FYI, the ingredients in the mix of a box of Duncan Hines chewy fudge brownies before you add anything:
Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour [Enriched With Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Malted Barley Flour), Powdered Sugar (Sugar, Corn Starch), Cocoa Powder Processed With Alkali, Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Salt, Cornstarch, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate).

For not much more work, I might as well go with the straightforward six ingredients that I recognize.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwave-safe bowl on high for two minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Stir sugar into chocolate. Mix in eggs and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour and nuts if using. Spread in greased 13 x 9-inch pan. If you're adding a swirl, now's the time.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool in pan; cut into squares. Makes 24 fudgy brownies. 

Note: When using glass baking dish, bake at 325°F. For cake-like brownies, stir in 1/2 cup milk with eggs; use 1 1/2 cups flour.

Go ahead, lick the bowl. Maybe take a photo of yourself doing it with dirty hair and no makeup while you're at it so you can share it with the world at large. No? Just me?
Try them from scratch. You won't be sorry. Thanks again to Nancy for the recipe!

Brownies from Heaven.
Fudgy chocolate goodness.
Fat Albert nods, sighs.

Tomorrow is October 1. I'll be damned. September's nothing more than a fart in the wind.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Food Theme starts tomorrow. What's your goal? Are you trying new recipes? Trying to eat more or less of something? Bringing your lunch to work? Tasting a new to you food? You choose your goal around the food theme, then share your results the first Thursday in November.

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  1. After reading the ingredients from the box I don't think I could eat those anymore either. From scratch is always the way to go! Now it feel like fat Albert because I want brownies. Sigh!

  2. You can tell I am excited to get this recipe because I'm reading prior to getting ready for work, rather than a lunch. I can't wait to try them and share with my sister. Nephew has severe food allergies and they are moving more and more towards making things from scratch. And I love he Haiku today. Nodding and sighing!

  3. i dont eat brownies (they're too rich for me) but i will definitely keep this recipe on hand and make it. my SIL's brownies are the best that my husband has had thus far but based on what i've read so far, i'm sure this will give her recipe a run for its money! bookmarking now!!! (thanks for sharing)

    Vodka and Soda

  4. 1. Love the back splash tiles behind you and your spoon licking self.
    2. I will take one with ice cream and hot fudge thanks!

  5. One bowl brownies... it's what's for dinner.

  6. this sounds delicious....I'm a sucker for a good brownie. thanks for sharing this recipe!

  7. I absolutely love brownies but I've never made them myself - I think I'm going to have to change that with this recipe!!

  8. I love scratch brownies and now I am craving them for breakfast! What a simple recipe!

  9. They look fantastic and EASY!
    Can't wait to make them - in 5 days. HAHAHA

  10. I love brownies so much. I may make these to take to Sean's game.

  11. Homemade brownies are the best! I use the Hershey's recipe (it has a recipe for frosting, too, which is a huge win) and I will never make them from a box again. Like you, I love knowing the ingredients in my food and the fact that this is so easy to do means there's no reason to cheat. Oh, and I use dark chocolate for mine. It's the most delicious thing ever.

  12. Yesss to the Fat Albert reference! Homemade brownies are also so good!

  13. Hey, hey, hey get out of my way! Love Fat Albert and Bill Cosby! I will definitely try these. I love the fudgy kind.

    Chocolate brownie
    Heaven in a square
    Bring it on!

    Love your MOMMA

  14. They look so good!! I haven't had a good brownie in forever, I should make these.

  15. mmmm yum. i wonder if i could try these with GF flour and they'd taste as good?

  16. Here for the Haiku, loved Fat Albert when I was a kid!

  17. I love making stuff from scratch, everyone thinks it's so complicated and it's really so easy!! Looks awesome!

  18. Awesome! Easy and no mess are definitely a plus and if MFD approves then they must be delicious!

  19. home made brownies are the best!!!!! and this recipe seems so straightforward?

  20. I love making cookies from scratch, but for whatever reason I've never really done it with brownies. I should try this! I also want to give homemade fudge a shot for the holidays.

  21. I always keep a box of brownie mix for those last minute work potlucks but now that you mention it......gross I can't even understand the majority of those ingredients thanks for sharing this cleaner version!

  22. These look amazing, so long Duncan Hines and while we're at it Betty Crocker you can go too ;-)

    I never thought about all the fake ingredients, and highly prefer using ones that I recognize. I will never understand why companies throw so much crap into their food. Yuck...

  23. after this music festival this sounds like the best possible thing for me to eat. yes please!

  24. This looks so delish! I just committed to a 21 day challenge - I was like 3 days late but it is good for me since I was incorporating a little more sugar than I was used to. I really like that there are only a few ingredients without the extra processed crap.

  25. Oh man these sound so good right now... fresh from the oven with ice cream on top... *drool*

  26. I JUST bought a box of brownie mix today. Boo! I pinned this and will probably make them instead. :)

  27. Do you know how much I love new brownies recipes?! Must try this one soon.

  28. uh hi i need this in my mouth right now

    1. I hope you made them immediately. They deserve to be made.


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