Sunday, January 4, 2015

Leftover Chocolate Brownies


Yesterday was a cold, snowy, blustery and then rainy day. It was the perfect day to stay inside, read and enjoy some puzzles.

It was also the perfect day to make brownies.

With the holidays over, I've found myself with a surplus of chocolate and candy around the apartment. When this happens, I like to melt down the chocolate to make fresh brownies. 

This batch's casualties? Hershey's Kisses and a few Lindt Bears




This is my favourite recipe to use. It's easy, delicious, and takes no time at all.

Chocolate Brownies - Makes 9 (good sized) brownies

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate (chips, or your leftover chocolate!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
1) Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease an 8x8 inch square pan

2) In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter and water. Cook over medium heat until the mixture boils. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth.




3) Mix in the eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the chocolate mixture. Pour into the greased pan and spread evenly.



4) Bake for 25 minutes in the oven, or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clear. Let cool and cut into 9 equal squares.

I was lucky enough to have some leftover candy canes as well! I decided to give half my brownies a candy cane crumble topping. 

To do this, fold your candy canes up in parchment paper, then crush with a mallet. When the brownies are about 5 minutes from being done (top is cooked, but the insides are still gooey) pull them out of the oven and sprinkle the candy on top, then pop the brownies back in until they are done.




The candy will melt on top, and not sink into the center. 



Time to eat and enjoy! Grab a cup of tea and your blustery day activity. You won't be disappointed!




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