|I know this is a crappy picture, but what do you really|
want from me at 10:30pm? You're lucky you got this!
As I wandered around my apartment in my flower-print bathrobe last night, I was overcome by a tremendous urge to experiment with a new recipe. Therefore, I whipped out a cookbook given to me ten years ago, flipped straight to the brownies section, and decided on a recipe that didn't call for a lot of butter (I didn't want to waste it on a recipe that may have failed). The recipe was simple enough: Put butter, water, and sugar in a saucepan. Melt, then add chocolate chips. Then, combine baking soda, flour, and salt in another bowl. Two strikes. Then I realized that I didn't have any vanilla left. Three strikes, and you're out. Halt! Not so fast!
I quickly worked my magic and made the necessary modifications to prevent a potential disaster from occurring. I don't like warm brownies, so I had to wait till the morning to find out that God was looking down on me when I scrambled around the kitchen that fateful evening.
2/3 cup flour
1 scant tsp baking powder (original recipe called for 1/4 tsp baking soda)
1/4 tsp salt
12 oz bag of chocolate chips (I used minis)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp almond extract (original recipe called for vanilla)
Generous sprinkle of cinnamon (this wasn't in the original recipe, but I added for good measure)
I hope I'm not forgetting anything critical
1. Preheat oven to 325'.
2. In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, and butter. Heat over a low flame and stir continuously until the butter is melted. I accidentally added the sugar to the flour, which meant that I was heating only the butter and water. Whatever.
3. Once your butter mixture is melted, stir in half of the chocolate chips and stir until smooth and melty. Pour into a mixing bowl. Add eggs and almond extract.
4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to your chocolate mixture. Scrape bowl with a rubber spatula.
5. Mix in remaining chocolate morsels.
6. Pour into a prepared baking dish and level out by shaking. I believe I used an 8x8.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. My oven is a little bit ghetto, so I think it took about 30 minutes to get these suckers cooked all the way.
8. Allow to cool completely and stuff your face with chocolatey goodness.