rainy day brownies.
yesterday was the grossiest, rainiest day in a while. so what is the obvious solution to rainy day blues?
other than sunshine, smartass.
the correct answer is brownies. if you have strong feelings about brownies, or even vague feelings about chocolate you should really make these.
10 tablespoons unsalted butter.
1 1/4 cups sugar.
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
(or whatever. because a little, or a lot of extra vanilla never hurt anyone. note to self… buy more vanilla.)
2 large eggs, cold.
1/2 cup flour.
some chopped walnuts for toppings? or a little flaky sea salt??
in a bowl mix up your sugar, cocoa, salt, and butter. then put the bowl in a pan of simmering water.
note: this takes forever and is stupid.
i love smitten kitchen and all, and i get a little carried away with the simplistic font and the incredible pictures on the blog, its just so damn stylized. but… there was no reason for me having to put a bowl of cocoa and sugar and butter over a simmering pot of water. i enjoy the process of baking as much as the next gal, (or guy. #feminism) but a microwave works just fine.
get over yourself.
alright. now stir in your vanilla. and then add in your eggs one at a time and stir like crazy in between to make sure that they get all incorporated and gooey.
now comes my favorite part. adding in the flour.
DON’T TASTE TEST. DO YOU WANT TO GET SALMONELLA!?
salmonella isn’t real!
anyway, while you are taste testing, let me tell you about the adventurous part of this recipe.
see – i hate cutting brownies, they never turn out straight and someone is always complaining about how they don’t have the same sized brownie as someone else and did you have to put walnuts on all of them?? and wouldn’t just rather eat the brownie edges anyway? because we all know that that is the best part.
but i completely refuse to invest in something like this…
but i love the commercial, because no one ever has that much trouble with brownies.
anyway, it hit me while i was googling recipes and watching parks and recreation. i did receive individual silicone cupcake bakeware thingys for christmas… so… why the hell not.
bake for 18-20 minutes at 325 degrees and then wait for them to cool completely before you try to take them out of the little silicones, or else they will just break down the middle and you’ll get all frustrated and disregard the fact that you have just made the most delicious brownies that anyone has thought of ever in the world.
coincidentally, you could do this with one of these brownies.