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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Occasionally to be inspired, we don't have to search out something completely new.

We don't have to reinvent the wheel, start from scratch and develop the next greatest thing.

Often times, inspiration can come in the form of revisiting a familiar favorite. Something tried and true. Something that either stirs a memory or rekindles a feeling within us, reminding us why we fell so hard in the first place.

At least for me that is.

Simple dark chocolate brownies.  Dense.  Fudge like.  One bowl.  Most importantly outstandingly satisfying.

These could be a vessel for just about any add in you could think of: nuts, candy, even more chocolate. The combinations alone could keep you busy for ages.  But that being said, these are just as great on their own.

Simple and sweet or adorned and fancy. Whichever way you choose, a real winner.

Dark Chocolate Brownies
Servings: 9 large or 16 small brownies

- 8 Tbsp butter
- 4.5 oz dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp espresso powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup flour (sifted)
- powdered sugar for topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with aluminum foil.  In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, combine butter and chocolate until melted and combined.  Take bowl off the heat and whisk in sugar.  Whisk in eggs, one at a time.  Whisk in vanilla, espresso powder, and salt.  Stir in flour until no streak remain.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-22 minutes (or until cake tester comes out clean).  Let cool on a wire rack.  Top generously with powdered sugar, slice, and serve.  

Recipe adapted from: Baking From My Home To Yours

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