Sunday, November 6

BLUE-RIBBON BROWNIES

WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START A WEEK! HOT FROM THE OVEN HOMEMADE BROWNIES... HOW COULD IT GET ANY BETTER? MAYBE WITH BLUE BELL!! DELISH!

For years I attempted to win a blue ribbon in the brownie cook-off at the State Fair of Texas. I made fancy brownies with icings, swirls, fillings, layered and all for 2nd, 3rd and sometimes no ribbon at all. One year, out of frustration, I decided to bake the brownies that I made weekly for my little family and they actually won the coveted State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon. Who would have guessed! 

I have been baking these one-pot chocolate fudge brownies for almost twenty years. Twenty years of the kids, and my husband, licking the spatula and pot. These brownies have been eaten by many friends, family members and Friday night marching band students. They do not disappoint and you can not eat just one!

The moral of this little story is, 'Go with what ya know!"

BLUE-RIBBON BROWNIES
MAKES 48 2" BROWNIES
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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 chopped pecans, optional
WHAT TO DO
  • Grease and flour a 13'x9' baking dish.  * I line my pan with non-stick foil instead. This helps to pull the whole sheet of brownies out at once. It makes cutting easy and the brownies are very uniform.
  • In a separate bowl add 1 and 1/2 cups of All-Purpose flour {spooning it VERY lightly into measuring cups and leveling off}, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt. Stir and set aside. 
  • Melt unsalted butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add cocoa. Stir until dissolved. Add sugar to sauce pan; mix well.  Add 4 room temp eggs, one at a time, mix well.  Add 1 GOOD sized teaspoon of quality vanilla, mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients to saucepan and mix well. Add nuts if desired. Pour into prepared pan, spreading evenly and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool in pan or eat hot with ice cream!
  •  Cut brownies REALLY small, just big enough for a few bites.  Enjoy!


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