Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Ultimate Brownie from Scratch

Yesterday my kids came home from school, and the first thing my older son wanted to do was bake this recipe. (He had that recipe open on my laptop since yesterday.) I was busy putting away Christmas decors and gave him my permission.

After eating stir-fried beef for supper, we tasted what he baked. Hubby quipped it was just like the brownies he used to have as a kid -- baked from scratch and tasted same.

Me: "So you like this?"

Hubby: "Oh yeah! It's good!"

Me: "Oh, and I have often avoided baking brownies from scratch because I felt that you preferred the boxed brownie mixes because that was what you were used to."

Hubby: "I got to use the mixes after I was out of my parents' house. When we were kids, they never bought boxed mixes because they could not afford them."

Me: "So, is this a keeper?"

Hubby: "Definitely!"

So I told my older son, "You are now the official brownie baker in this household."

Recipe from --


8- 1 ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
5 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (He actually used white chocolate chips)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat; set aside. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes**. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just mixed. Stir in the nuts. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. (Don't overbake.) Cool and frost if desired, but that is not necessary.


jane said...

wow galing naman! may pinagmanahan! =) now you have a helper in the kitchen now especially baking.naks!

Anonymous said...

The most wonderful thing in the world is teaching our kids how to cook and bake..My 10 year old son is very passsionte about it! I bought him his first cookie cookbook and he tackled a snickerdoodle..the only problem was, it spreaded in the sheet pan coz he didn't chill the dough first but other than that the taste is fantastic!.He wanted to be a chef like me...oh sigh there goes my dream for him on becoming a doctor haha

Chef Vanessa

MaMely said...

Oo nga ang galing ng anak mo!nag-i-intern yata sa kusina ni Manang! I love brownies and I'm going to try this one...glad its already been tested. Thanks sa anak mo!

Nina said...

This recipe is very close to the one I'm using (only, mine uses powdered cocoa). I am looking for recipes that will make use of the baking chocolates I have at home. I'll try this. Do you know if powdered cocoa can be replaced with baking chocolate and how do I convert the measurements?

Manang said...

Hi jane, Chef V, MaMely and Nina,
Yeah, I think I have influenced my kids enough as far as kitchen is concerned. I would want them to pursue other interests for a career, though.

Nina, I don't know how to convert if you can use baking chocolate instead of powder. But I have used powder to make chocolate frosting (I think a baking chocolate square is basically made up of cocoa powder with butter and hot water, but I don't know the proportion.)

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