2nd grade has a tradition where each child makes and brings a dish representing whatever country they are from. (their school is pretty ethnically diverse and many different heritages were represented.) the child then displays and serves the dish to whomever visits their "restaurant". aiden named her dish "brown's brownies" and went with our old family standby of "best brownies". since we kind of joke that we are muts when it comes to ethnicity, good ol' american brownies seemed as good of a choice as any (and much easier than fried chicken or apple pie!)
and since i get asked quite a bit for this brownie recipe, this seems like the perfect place to share it. i believe it first came from a martha stewart magazine clipping, but i'm not totally sure.
1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
3 square unsweetened baker's chocolate
2 eggs (room temperature is best)
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
1 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- heat oven to 350. butter a 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. (i almost always double the recipe and just use a 9x13 pan.) i line my pans with parchment paper to easily remove brownies for cutting, but this is not necessary.
- melt butter and chocolate in saucepan on very low heat.
- with an electric mixer on high, beat eggs with sugar for 3 minutes until thick and pale. add chocolate mixture and vanilla and beat another minute.
- add flour and salt and beat until smooth. add chocolate chips.
- bake 20-25 minutes until tester inserted 1" from edge comes out with only a small amount of brownie on it. do not overbake or the brownies will be dry.
- cool completely and then lift parchment paper from pan and cut into squares.
and one of my favorite pieces on display...george & abe. aiden rocked these portraits, don't you think?!!