Monday, November 8, 2010

breakup brownies

according to this article, breakup season is upon us.  to help you weather the storm, lets make something out of bittersweet chocolate that will fill you with regret.  you know you should stay away from these, but you'll keep coming back for more.

 have i covered all the breakup metaphors?  ok let's get started.

get yourself a 9-in square baking pan

flip it over and lay wax paper on top.  cut out corner squares evenly with sides of the pan

flip it back over and set the paper in the pan - it's now perfectly lined with wax paper

butter the paper and set aside
get some good quality bittersweet chocolate

coarsely chop it

add your chocolate and 2 sticks unsalted butter to a double boiler and let it start to melt
in the meantime, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.  set aside

in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, and vanilla

once chocolate and butter have melted, add to egg/sugar mixture

whisk until combined

add dry ingredients

whisk until fully combined

pour into prepared lined baking pan

give it a few shakes to even it out, and stick it in the oven

let cool on a wire rack

when completely cooled, invert, remove wax paper, and cut into squares


breakup brownies.  (via epicurious)

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
8 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 ounces walnut pieces, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (2 inches deep) and line bottom and sides with wax paper, then butter the paper.

Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
Whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl, then pour in chocolate mixture, whisking until combined well. 
Whisk in flour mixture, then stir in [optional] walnuts and transfer batter to baking pan.
Bake until top is shiny and set and sides have begun to pull away slightly (a wooden pick or skewer will not come out clean), about 35 minutes, for fudgy brownies; or until wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour total, for cakey brownies.
Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack. Invert onto a cutting board, remove paper, and cut into squares.

while these may not cure your breakup blues, it is proven that chocolate releases endorphins (happy chemicals) in the brain.  while the relief may be temporary, it's worth it.  you know what else releases endorphins?


 you'll need about 100 crunches and 30 min of cardio for each brownie you eat.

here's to a happier and healthier you!


  1. I didn't realize from scratch brownies were so simple! Thanks for sharing this, Shelly.

  2. One bite and I was already calling dibs on a second :)