May 23, 2013

My Favorite Brownie Recipe


This brownie recipe has become my favorite brownie of all time because it's easy to make and has the most incredible texture. I bake it in my toaster oven, and the top becomes a thin, crunchy layer that gives way to chewy brownie underneath. Best of all, there's healthier ingredients like whole wheat flour and sucanat, but still, it's a brownie so you can't go overboard. The only thing I don't recommend this brownie for is bake sales, since you're only using an 11x7 pan so the yield is fairly small ... which is a good thing if you're going for portion control, LOL!

CFO's Favorite Brownie
adapted from

4 tablespoons butter
2 ounces (about 2 tablespoons) responsibly sourced semi-sweet chocolate chips*
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/3 cup fair trade Dutch-process cocoa powder*
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sucanat
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 11x7 baking pan with nonstick baking spray.

2. Combine the butter and chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, or until the butter and chocolate have melted enough that you can stir them into a smooth liquid.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, sucanat and sugar until thickened, about five minutes. Mix in the chocolate mixture, oil, and vanilla and beat until well-combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl once to make sure everything is mixed well.

5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

**The chocolate doesn’t have to be responsibly sourced, but read this Baby Toolkit post to find out why it should be. I was very happy to find bags of responsibly-sourced chocolate chips at Costco!

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