runaway food porn.

These are GREAT brownies.  Dense and fudgey without being too rich…and they get nice and crispy on the edges for those of us who like that 😉  Mark Bittman, you’re a good man.

Also, I was feeling rather adventurous and decided to make some caramel sauce to put on top…just 1 cup of sugar, a pinch of salt, and a couple squeezes of light corn syrup (to keep it soft…don’t worry this is not the scary, deadly high fructose corn syrup).  Those pictures follow.

It also appears that my delectable and amazing final pictures have…gone missing. I may have inadvertently deleted them as my memory card got full, or they may just be hiding under the bed. Or something.

And now…without further ado…

Brownies
by Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything

Ingredients

  • 8 T unsalted butter, plus a little for the pan
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 t vanilla (optional) [NOT. This is not optional.]

Method

1. Heat oven to 350.  Grease an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with butter or line with aluminum foil and grease the foil.

2. Combine butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over very low heat, stirring occasionally.  When the chocolate is just about melted, remove from the heat and continue to stir until the mixture is smooth.

no double boiler...mark likes to live dangerously.

3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the sugar.  Then beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Gently stir in the flour, salt, and vanilla. Pour and scrape into the prepared pan and bake until just barely set in the middle, 20 t0 25 minutes.  It’s better to under-bake brownies than to over-bake them.

how to: make sure you don't get shell in your batter and not soil something else to be washed.

vanilla is not optional! it is the lifeblood of all tasty baked goods!

and DONE. do not over mix. repeat that to yourself now. do not over mix.

ready...aim...bake!

WAIT–WHO STOLE MY FINAL PICTURE?! Sorry readers. Life is full of disappointment.

sugar + salt+ low heat= caramel! (or atleast a sugary delicious syrup to put on top of your decadent brownies)

added the corn syrup at the end..because, well, because.

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