Thursday, May 28, 2009

Barefoot Bloggers: Outrageous Brownies

Woohoo it's my turn to choose! This was an easy choice. I knew it was going to be my choice for ages. This was the recipe that I had been meaning to try forever. I'd seen it on TV and I'd heard people rant about how good it was and this was one of the reasons that I joined the Barefoot Bloggers but I had never actually made them. I know, kinda pathetic and strange, right? Well now I finally did.

Since I chose the recipe I kinda felt I had to make it on time. No more being a slacker blogger. No more late posts. No more 5 word and no pic posts. So May 2nd I decided I had to get all my ingredients and get the ball rolling. That would just be sad if I chose the recipe and then I didn't even make it on time. Nevermind that my recipe is the 2nd one of the month and I had almost a month to make it....

As Ina says on the show, this makes a LOT of brownies. I don't know about you but I don't have 18x13 pans in my house. Those wouldn't even have fit in the oven at my old apt. I learned that the hard way. Damn 13" pizza stone. So I made these in 2 9x13" pans. So this makes 2 trays of brownies that are over 1" thick. Which only makes the lb of butter and 2 lbs of chocolate slightly better. I thought about halving the recipe but hey, it's my recipe so I can't skimp. I'm not sure I'l be making these again this month, at least not a full batch but it's definitely a recipe to hold on to. Halving it still makes a lot of brownies.

Mine came out extremely chocolatey. It was like having a 70-80% chocolate bar. But with lots of buttery richness too. It was a little more cakelike and crumbly than I hoped for but that can be fixed with some minor adjustments.

I made them, took pictures of them, just had to finish up the post and it was the 3rd. Plenty of time to do everything. Then suddenly it was the 22nd and I hadn't finished my post. I was sick for a bit, and things were ridiculous at work for a bit and I was lazy for a bit and suddenly I'm almost out of time!!!!

Well fortunately I thought to finish the post before the day so here goes nothing...

Butter and chocolate. How can it not be good when it starts like this.

And you melt them together until you have this:
And then you add this (eggs, sugar, vanilla, coffee powder)
And some dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt).

Pour it into the pan, bake and get these babies. (I did one with walnuts, one without, half of each with toffee pieces)

Which you cut up into about a million pieces and eat! Yes, I did forget to take a sliced picture and now they are gone.

Here's the recipe. And check out some of the other Barefoot Bloggers here.

16 comments:

smellslikehome said...

fantastic choice Eva!!!

chocolatechic said...

I made a full batch too.

This was such a fabulous choice.

Thanks so much.

Amanda said...

I do love a good chocolatey brownie. Great recommendation!

Debinhawaii said...

Great choice! I did the half batch and it was WAY more than enough. ;-)

Michele said...

What a wonderful choice!!

Penny said...

Eva,
This worked beautifully with a brunch series I was working on. Great choice. Your brownies look great.

Tonya @ What's On My Plate said...

great pick! these are now my default brownies.

madebymel said...

Great recipe pick! They were delicious!

Todd M said...

Great recipe pick - I think these are the richest brownies I have had.

Andrea said...

Wonderful choice, thank you Eva :) We loved these brownies, I only wish I would have thought to add the toffee chips like you did, what a great idea, I even have some in the pantry waiting to be used up. Will have to try that next time for sure!

Karen said...

This was a fun, indulgent recipe to make. I liked them best while they were still warm scooped into a bowl!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Thank you for the choice! My kiddos loved it...even with all the coffee that I accidentally added...tee hee!

;) amy

spike. said...

great choice! I think a lot of people loved these

Leslie said...

These were so good! Thanks for picking them for us. I'm sure mine were a little overbaked, which made them crumbly. Adding Heath bits is a killer idea...I'm going to have to try that one!

Martwork said...

I love the toffee idea! Next time I make my Ghirardelli brownies I'm toffee-ing them thanks to you!

karen said...

thank you for a wonderful choice - i had never made these either. i'm so glad i did. chocolate overload, but in a good way! :)