Friday, May 28, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

Our favorite family recipe for years, this homemade brownie recipe produces a chewy, fudgy brownie with a crusty top - just as a brownie should be. Just be sure to do everything in order & make no substitutions!

Homemade Chocolate Brownies

It happened a couple of days ago when brownies came up on a Twitter conversation. And then a day or two later, they came up again. Before you know it, I was having a serious desire for brownies. Ah, the power of suggestion and it happens to me all of the time with brownies. These brownies.

This has been our family go-to brownie recipe for well, as long as I can remember, back when recipes were passed about on hand penned paper or photo copies of typed notes. In fact, I lost it a couple of times over the years, and tried loads of other brownie recipes in between, but this is the one I always came back to. In the moving about between Mississippi and Louisiana and back again in my younger years, and upgrading to new computers, I know I had to retrieve it several times from my sister and I'm grateful that she, unlike her wayward sister, managed to hold on to a copy of the recipe!

I've considered trying to make changes to the recipe - such as using chocolate in place of cocoa, or butter in place of the oil - and even trying to replace the fat with a lower fat option, but every time I consider altering something, I end up going right back to the real deal. Frankly I figure, I don't make brownies every day, and well... why mess with what works? While I make them straight up like this most times, I have, however, tried them with that old fashioned boiled peanut butter icing a few times. Peanut butter and chocolate are so perfect together, why not ice some chocolate brownies with peanut butter, right? My word is that a treat or what? Try it sometime!

I must give you fair warning - even with the lack of butter, there ain't a thing even close to resembling low fat here. Go ahead and try it if you like, but I'm not messin' with it myself. Nope, not gonna do it. To me, this is the best brownie I could ever come up with - just the right amount of chocolate, just the right sweetness, just the right kind of tender and moist, and nearly gooey insides, with a so slightly crunchy top crust. Nothing high falutin' here - just the true perfection and deliciousness that belongs in a brownie. Just be sure to do everything in order.





Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Brownies

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 35 min | Yield: About 12 servings


Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of walnuts or pecans, chopped
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick spray and place a sheet of parchment paper across the pan so that there is overhang on both sides of the pan. This is so that you can lift the brownies out of the pan in one piece and make it easier for cutting.

In a medium sized bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda. Blend 1/3 cup of the canola oil into the cocoa until well mixed and shiny. Add the boiling water and stir until the mixture thickens.

Add the sugar and stir in the remaining 1/3 cup of oil and the eggs, mixing until smooth. Add the flour, vanilla and salt, blending completely. Add nuts; toss. Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center returns with just a bit of sticky crumb clinging on it. Do not overcook, or your brownies will be dry! Cool in the pan for about 2 hours, then use the parchment to lift from the pan and cut into squares. Store in a covered container.

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Adapted from a very old Hershey's recipe.
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36 comments:

  1. Well, I'm glad someone was able to tempt you with something. You tempt me and make me go make different sinful concoctions everytime I visit your lovely blog!
    These look wonderful! Love the idea of using real chocolate vs. cocoa

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  2. Brownies with nuts may be my favorite sweet and thse look sinful.

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  3. These look so good I have to try them! I prefer the boxed mix and these look like a close rival.

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  4. oh good Lord, those are the only words I can muster at the moment
    anne
    www.anniebakes.net

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  5. It doesn't get much better than this!

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  6. Brownies are seriously my all-time favorite food. I will definitely try your version. I try ALL versions.

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  7. I already had a hankerin for chocolate, and now it's in overdrive. Yum!

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  8. YUMMY!!!! These look so moist and delish!!

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  9. These aren't the brownies we made in college, lol.

    These look great but I'll forgo the pecans, we don't get along.

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  10. Don't mess with success, right!? LOL...I love me a good brownie and these look amazing!

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  11. I have a real weakness for brownies and yours look especially delicious. Now I know where to come when I'm looking for something sinfully delicious. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  12. Aww man now I am craving brownies:)

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  13. I have never met a brownie that I didn't like but this sounds like it could become a favorite. I've never made brownies with cocoa but always have it on hand. So, I think I'm going to weather the storm we're having right now and put a pan of these in the oven. It should go nicely with hamburgers on the grill.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  14. I made these brownies the other night after seeing the post. My kids devoured the whole pan in just a few hours! These were awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

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  15. Sounds delish! I’ve struggled to find a homemade brownie recipe that the family likes. I’ll give this one a try soon.

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  16. These look wonderful- just the way I like brownies, too. I will have to try these since I am still trying to find that perfect and not too- hard brownie recipe.

    Sarah @Homestyle Cooking Around the World
    http://homestyleworldcook.blogspot.com

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  17. What happens If I don't use baking soda?

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    1. This recipe does require the baking soda, sorry!

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  18. Just wanted to let you know... I am making these right now.

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    1. And I am eating one right now LOL!! I hope you enjoy them Kristin!

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  19. I've made these 2 times this week....needless to say they are delicious. I had been looking for the perfect brownie recipe and I found it. Thank you for the early Christmas present. Everyone loves them. I take them out at 27 minutes and they are sooooo light and fluffy. I never thought I'd describe brownies as light and fluffy but they really are.

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    1. I'm delighted they were enjoyed Alice!! It's our favorite recipe & has been forever. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back by & comment about them & let me know it's become a new favorite for you. That really means a lot to me!!

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  20. I love these! I'll be making them again tomorrow. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    1. I so thrilled you're enjoying them Lauren & thank you so much for coming back by to let me know!!

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  21. Ok off to the kitchen to make these brownies.

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  22. What size pan would you use for these?

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  23. Nevermind! I must have skipped that part!! I see it now!

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  24. Can I use butter instead of Canola oil?

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    1. Hi Teresa! I have never varied this recipe so can't speak to the result or how it would be different - sorry!

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  25. I have never, ever made brownies from scratch, this was my first try and they turned out delicious. I followed the directions to the "T" and was so happy with the result. My whole family loved them and cannot wait for them to become a consistent part of my baking routine at home. Thanks so much.

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    1. Oh I'm so happy that y'all enjoyed them! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop back by and let me know. That really means a lot to me!

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    2. Mary, just a quick note that your brownies are still and will be most likely forever a staple in my house hold. Whenever I have to go somewhere everyone requests these brownies. Sometimes I throw some peanut butter frosting on them, sometimes no nuts, but no matter what I do the plate is always empty at the end of the night. Oh and my daughter has a cookbook that I've been writing her favorite recipes in, and though this was not mine originally it has found it's way to her book. Thanks again ... and again and again.

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