Last fall my husband and I had the pleasure to have dinner with some “mommy bloggers” from around the country. They were visiting Iowa through the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Cornucopia Tour. It was very interesting talking to them and reading their blogs. I had already thrown around the idea of starting my own blog, but I didn’t know where to start. I ended up visiting with Susan from www.doughmesstic.net and she gave me some great pointers/tips. It was very much appreciated!
If you are interested in reading/following any of their blogs, here is the info:
Laurie at http://www.doublebugs.com
Shanda at http://theparentswithstyle.com
Allison at http://findinginspirationinfood.blogspot.com
Lisa at http://jerseygirlcooks.blogspot.com
Susan at http://www.doughmesstic.net
Tanya at http://mommygoogles.com
Vanessa at http://www.chefdruck.blogspot.com
You’re probably wondering what this has to do with the “Best Brownies Ever”….well I found these brownies on Vanessa’s blog a while ago. I have made them two times and they have gone over very well (the picture below is all that was left after dinner tonight!). You can find the recipe here.
Note: The last time I check, the link to these delicious brownies didn’t work any more, so here is the recipe:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons water
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 Skor candy bars, smashed into tiny chunks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Spray an 8×8 inch pan with cooking spray.
3. Melt butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form on the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes. Watch it closely. You do not want the browned bits to burn. Use your nose and smell the butter, you want it to smell a little nutty, not burnt.
4. Remove from heat and add sugar, water, cocoa, vanilla and salt. Stir until blended then leave the mixture to cool for five minutes.
5. Add eggs to mixture one at a time, stirring vigorously with a rubber spatula after each addition until shiny and smooth.
6. Now add the flour and stir until blended.
7. Stir in the Skor chunks.
8. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Begin checking at 20 minutes. Note that the Skor candy chunks add 10 minutes of cooking time to these brownies. If you’re leaving them out, the brownies will be done pretty close to 20 minutes.
9. Cool on a rack. Enjoy! These stay moist and delicious in an airtight container for up to a week.
Tonight I took them to my in-laws for dessert after we had “wilted lettuce”. I had never had/heard of that before I met my hubby, but it’s pretty darn good! So, after we stuffed ourselves with lettuce and the bacon dressing we indulged in the Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Skor Chunks. Man they are so good!
Jim, my brother-in-law (the great baker/cook), and Kevin thought they were just a box mix that I put Skor candy bars in. Not sure if that was compliment or not, but then Jim said that he LOVES boxed brownie mixes and has tried to find a homemade brownie recipe that tastes like a boxed mix, so I’ll take that as a compliment! He insisted that I put this on my blog, so I just want to thank Vanessa for these awesome brownies!