Brownies come in a box… right?

Around mid to late December my wife began perusing the King Arthur Flour website pretty heavily on our LN40B630 using the PS3 web browser.  I swear to you that over a period of about a month she viewed every page on that site.  Pages upon pages of kitchen gadgets, ingredients, decorations, baking cups, silicone sheets, comments and, of course, recipes.  I don’t know if it was the recipes that sounded just too good to skip out on, the gadgets that just looked so very useful, all the cute decorative baking embellishments or a combination of everything on the site but something clicked- the Mrs. picked up baking again after an extended hiatus.  

She had baked a ton before (mostly cakes and a good portion of it for profit) but she had taken a loooooooooong break.  Making cakes became too much like work and too little like fun and so she decided that she needed to stop before something she loved became something that she loathed.  However, after a few weeks on the inspirational KAF website, the fire was BACK baby!  This resulted in many, many delicious breads including the best honey oat bread on the planet that is even made with local honey!  Obviously the sky was the limit at this point so when we heard that KAF was having an instruction class in January in a town only about four hours away it was clear that we had to attend.  She would learn some baking tips and recipes (such as sweet breads) and I would get to eat them.  This was certainly a win, win… win situation we had on our hands here!  We scheduled the day off at work well in advance and awaited the day with bated breath.  

  

The eve of the big day was upon us and all was well… that is until the destroyer of dreams and fun stepped in (you may know him as the Weather Man).  Ah, the meteorologist- I know he doesn’t control the weather, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it when he tells me that there will be a potential ruining of plans.  Upon careful deliberation we decided that I would check the weather report in the morning and if it looked like it was going to be too rough to get there (or impossible to get back) then we would have to cancel.  

I woke up as usual around 06:00 and checked the weather immediately… and the news was not good.  Snow was coming- a lot of it.  The snow would be followed by ice and then more snow.  We had a sizable mountain that divided us and the destination and so I decided that we would have to cancel.  

Then, around 10:00 it happened…  

T3h blizzards! Kind of...  

Well boo.  This was super lame.  Oh well, we have the day off so we need to make the best of it.  Any day at home during a snow storm is better than being at work an hour away during a snow storm.  You know what would be a great way to cheer up my wife and get through a cold winter day? Brownies.  Now, as a rule, I am not one for sweets but there is just something about hot, fudge brownies and ice-cold milk that just owns.  So, off to the kitchen.  I open up the cabinets and start digging around for the ever so familiar box of brownies… nothing.  What!?  The day is ruined! No KAF trip and now no brownies?! I can’t even drive to the store to buy them.  This is a travesty!  

Perhaps this is where our hero is thwarted… or, perhaps not.  See, my wife had received a shipment of KAF goodies the prior week and included in this shipment was Double Dutch cocoa powder.  OK, we have some stuff that I am sure can be used to make brownies… I think.  My wife is the baker so I am sure that she would be able to McGuyver up some brownies with whatever we’ve got around.  

“Why don’t you make the brownies?” she says.  

‘Why don’t I make the brownies?’ I’m not a baker, I am a cook.  Baking is just one of those things that either you get it or you don’t and, like a lot of the male species, I don’t.  In any event, brownies come in a box.  How would one even make brownies without a box of magical brownie powder?  Wait a tick- what is in this powder that is so magical?  Could it be those barely pronounceable preservatives?  Somehow I doubt that. Maybe it is the chocolate morsels that already have some of the butter fat leaching out of them?  Probably not the case.  You know what?  Brownies do not come in a box!  Brownies come from following the directions below…  

Itazura’s Super Awesome Dark Chocolatey Brownies (of Awesomeness)  

  • 2/3 cup Double-Dutch Dark cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 T espresso powder
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate chunks (semisweet, dark or both)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 T water

Instructions:  

Whisk together the cocoa, sugars, salt, flour, espresso powder and chocolate chunks.  Add eggs, oil and water; blend until mixed.  

Pour mixture into a lightly greased 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ pan and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 35 – 55 minutes (check brownies after 20 minutes and continue to check every 5-10).  Bake until brownies are barely beginning to pull away from the edge of the pan.  Cool for 1 hour or longer before cutting into squares (I know, I know… trust me on this.)  

Yield: 10 to 12 Brownies  

These brownies are fast, they are easy and they are darn tasty!  After making these brownies I came to the conclusion that it should be a chargeable offence to knowingly and willingly serve box brownies to anyone- let alone the ones you love.  

Now you may ask yourself- “SELF?! How long do you think these brownies will last without preservatives?”.  If you are baking for two adults then you will most likely have considerable left overs- unless one or both of you has the metabolism of a zergling.  Fear not! These brownies freeze wonderfully.  Besides, one of the best things about fresh hot brownies is making some of them into frozen brownie chunks so that you can make treats such as this:  

Delicious Brownie dessert :g

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One Response

  1. WOW. Ok so she told me about the awesome brownies but this picture is AWESOME and I will have to try your recipe!

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