416 - Brownie Points
In looking for the ultimate in brownie points, I thought we'd share the best brownie recipe we've ever come upon. It comes to us thanks to Sarah Shuken, a friend, who also works for L-Eat Catering. Sarah was graciously honest in informing us that her Mom gets the big brownie points for this one, as it is her scrumptious recipe. We decided to make a double recipe because it's so good and so easy.
- 2 cups sweet butter
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- handful of macadamia nuts
- handful of pecans
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar to mixing bowl and then pour in butter. Add brown sugar and cocoa powder. Stir together well, making sure to get out the lumps of the cocoa powder (*it can be quite bitter if you bake it with the lumps).
Add eggs and continue to stir. Add flour, and baking powder. Fold all of it together. Add vanilla.
Grease 9" x 13" baking pan with butter (*a great trick is to use the wrapper from a stick of butter). Transfer mix into baking pan and spread it out, making sure it reaches the sides and is as even and level as possible.
Garnish the top with nuts, alternating between macadamia nuts and pecans, using them for portion-sizing.
Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes. When it's done, it will start to pull away from the sides and it might start to crack; however, the middle should be loose so that your brownies will be nice and chewy.
Remove from pan, and allow it to cool completely.
Cut into squares and enjoy!
Special Thanks: Sarah Shuken, L-Eat Catering, 3829 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON; Telephone (416) 631-9226