Superbowl Party-an excuse to bake

6 02 2011

With this year’s Superbowl taking place right here in Texas you would think that would be reason enough to celebrate.  Well, the stadium has already injured 7 people and it’s only Saturday.  With the snow storm that hit this week I’m sure the folks visiting from Green Bay and Pittsburg feel right at home.

As for us, this Superbowl we will be down in Schertz hanging with old friends and rooting for opposing teams.  So to smooth things over, I have decided to bring an offering of brownies.  Because really, who doesn’t love a great brownie?

recipe from

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1½ cups cake flour (200g)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Place the butter and the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 45 seconds at a time at 50% power. Stir it. Then continue to cook and stir at 50% power in 45 second stints until the chocolate and butter are mostly melted. Residual heat will continue to melt the chocolate so you can stop when it is mostly melted.

Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and set aside.  Measure the sugar into a large mixing bowl.  Measure the flour, baking powder, and salt into a small bowl and whisk to combine them.

Pour the melted chocolate and butter into the bowl of sugar and whisk to mix the sugar and chocolate thoroughly. It starts out thick but be patient and it all comes together. Add the eggs a little at a time and stir to combine. Add the vanilla and mix the batter for a minute. Add the flour mixture and fold it in until the batter is smooth.


Pour the batter into a 9” x 13” pan and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes. Check with a toothpick and remove the brownies from the oven when moist crumbs come out on the toothpick (but not wet batter). If the toothpick comes out totally clean, you may have over-baked…so you are not going for a clean toothpick with brownies.






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