Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bake Sale Brownies

I found this recipe in an America's Test Kitchen cookbook and just couldn't resist sharing it. The hardest part of this recipe is chopping the chocolate, and even that's not so bad! This recipe is unique in that it uses a foil sling in the pan so the brownies are easy to remove and cut into squares. In fact that's why they're called Bake Sale Brownies, they are easy to cut and take to a bake sale.

I'm typically partial to brownies from a box, and even with my first bite of these I wasn't so sure I would like them. Then an hour later I started to crave another one and over the next couple of days the cravings continued. I couldn't wait to make more!  Now when I want brownies, instead of reaching for a box I reach for this recipe.

  • You don't have to use the foil sling to bake these brownies. If you decide not to, reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.It really does make them easier to cut and serve though.
  • Only use unsweetened chocolate in this recipe, other chocolates cannot be substituted.
  • For Peanut Butter Swirl brownies, take a 1/3 cup of peanut butter and drop spoonfuls of it over the brownie batter (while batter is in the pan). Using a knife, gently swirl peanut butter throughout batter to create swirls.

Bake Sale Brownies

1 stick butter, cubed
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup flour

In a medium bowl, combine butter and chopped chocolate. Melt in microwave, stirring often, for 1 to 3 minutes. Let mixture cool slightly.

In another large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Slowly whisk in the melted chocolate until smooth. Gently stir in the flour until no streaks remain.

Prepare a foil sling in an 8 inch square baking dish or pan by placing two sheets of foil perpendicular to one another over pan (one sheet of foil with the longest side going across, one sheet with the longest side going up and down), with the extra hanging over the sides of the pan. Push the foil flat into the corners and up the sides of the pan. Iron out as many wrinkles as you can, using your fingers.

Spray foil with cooking spray and pour batter into the dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 22-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs. Let cool to room temp (about 2 hours), and remove brownies from pan by lifting up on the foil sling you created. Cut into squares.

Foil Sling Photo

This photo comes from Cooks Illustrated


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