This is a delicious easy to make Chocolate Fudgy Brownie. Perfect for Valentines Day , as it is such a Chocolatey Holiday. I have always had a rather large sweet tooth and Valentines Day always meant candy, chocolate, dessert of one kind or another and it was always up there with my other favorite , Halloween for pretty much the same reasons. How can you not like a holiday that has so much sweetness? Make this brownie anytime and top with ice cream and chocolate sauce for an incredibly killer dessert. I personally cut them up into small pieces and don’t feel as guilty when I eat them. I came in today from being out all day and saw them on the cake stand and because I had cut them up so small, I indulged in two pieces and it just hit the spot!!! Make no mistake these are the real deal, and I never really understand why anyone would use a mix when this is so easy and all the ingredients are so readily available. And you have bragging rights for Homemade. Just make sure you use an 8 x 8 baking dish, this really does make a difference. Enjoy and Happy V-Day!!!!
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1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped ( when you buy the box, the chocolate comes in squares, each square is an ounce)
1/8 tsp. salt (regular table salt)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup Cake flour (make sure you use Cake Flour not regular Flour)
1 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts ( I used chopped pecans , but chopped walnuts are good as well)
*extra unsalted butter for greasing the pan, I admit to using butter but you can spray with baking spray. (Pam)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish with unsalted butter ( or spray with Baking Pam) In a saucepan melt the stick of butter and then when it is melted add the chopped unsweetened chocolate on low heat. Stir often until all the chocolate has been melted. Add the sugar in and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Once it has sufficiently cooled off , take out another bowl and add beaten eggs and vanilla, and mix well and stir in chocolate mixture. Blend in cake flour ,salt and mix, do not over mix, just mix till blended. Then add in chocolate chips, and nuts if you’re using them.
Pour batter into greased baking dish and spread evenly. Tap the pan on countertop to get rid of any air bubbles, about 3 or 4 times ought to do it.
Bake the Brownies for 30 minutes ( it’s exactly how long I did) insert a cake tester or toothpick and it should come out almost clean. Be careful not to over bake.
Remove from the oven and cool completely before slicing into squares.
I actually took out of oven and let it sit out covered almost all day, so by the time I cut into them they were completely cool. I used a knife and wet it, so it would cut cleanly.
So yummy!:) Served with an ice cold glass of milk, perfection.
Also can sprinkle a little sifted confectioners sugar on top of cooled brownies before serving if you’d like.