I have decided that I really like to bake. I like trying new recipies, I like trying new methods, but I especially like eating what I make. My favorite thing (lately) to bake (i.e. eat) are brownies. I have a dark chocolate brownie (divine--rich, lots of chocolate flavor, must eat with ice cream or milk), turtle brownies (caramel, nuts, good chocolate from-scratch brownie), a favorite brownie mix (Giradehli triple chocolate, or, in a pinch, Betty Crocker triple chocolate), but for now, I think my all time favorite is this new find, courtesy of FoodNetwork.com:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 stick butter or marg
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup flour
chocolate ganache for topping (recipe follows)
special equipment: 9-in round foil cake pan (or line 9-in cake pan with foil)
Preheat oven to 350. Using a handheld mixer, beat the eggs and salt together until frothy. Add sugar and beat until thick and pale yellow, about 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla and beat an additional 30 seconds.
Put butter/marg and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat 1 minute, then stir (may need 30 more seconds).
With mixer running, add chocolate mixture to eggs. Add flour and beat 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl andmix 30 more seconds.
Spray cake pan and pour in batter. Place on top rack in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until center is barely set. (toothpick won't come out clean--these set in the freezer--trust me on this) Remove pan from the oven and let cool. Top with ganache and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
To serve, remove from freezer and slice immediately. Allow brownies to come to room temperature before serving.
1/2 cup (4 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
melt in microwave, smear on top of brownies
Trust me on this, guys--these are truly divine. I'd post a picture, but I'd have to make another batch to do that and I don't think my diet could handle that. They are chocolatey, dense, delicious. I even added some milk chocolate chips to the batter just for fun. The recipe looks complex, but its easy--just add things one at a time. Try them! Or better yet, do something nice for me and I'll make them for you!