Today I wanted something warm and chocolate but hot chocolate didn't have enough sustenance. I have some delicious chocolate truffles but I really was looking more for a comfort food. What's an easy, chocolatey comfort dessert? Brownies of course.
Since my kids were testing my sanity, I was more than happy to make some brownies that we could all enjoy together. Hello Google, let's see what recipes we can find together.
I found a few but they weren't exactly what I was looking for so I decided to wing it. I am amazed to report that it worked!
1/2 organic butter, melted
1 c. maple syrup
3 large organic eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. organic cocoa
3/4 - 1 c. organic all-purpose flour (I used 4 oz which is a little under 1 c.)
1/2 - 3/4 c. extras (coconut, nuts, chocolate chips)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whip butter and maple syrup.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.
4. Add vanilla.
5. Mix dry ingredients and add to wet mixture.
6. Bake in greased 8x8 pan or two bread pans for 30 minutes.
These were perfect! They were deliciously cakey, although if you would prefer fudgy brownies omit one egg and use only 3/4 c. flour. I added 3/4 c. of coconut because, well some times you feel like a nut and today was... the last day of recovery after the busy weekend.
I baked them in two bread pans so that there were more edge pieces, my favorite part of the brownie. I was so excited that this didn't require very much work or effort and cooked uniformly.
The kids and I ate the first pan as our afternoon snack and I am considering starting on the second pan now that they are in bed... yeah a little chocolate really can make your day a happier place.