Brownies from Scratch

There’s nothing like brownies made from scratch.  I think I got this recipe over ten years ago from a PBS broadcast of America’s Test Kitchen.  I wrote it down while they went over the ingredients and may have tweaked it a bit but I’m sure it’s close.  I hadn’t made the recipe in years and ran across it in one of my files.  What a great find!  I made sure to make these when I knew there would be teenagers around to eat up the leftovers.  I love these brownies but don’t need to eat the entire pan.  The best part of this recipe is that you can really taste the fresh chocolate and then the powdered cocoa gives it a sort of finishing touch.

I tried a brownie while they were hot out of the oven and oh my…pure heaven.  Then I cut a nice corner of brownie and hid it away from the teenage wolves inhabiting my house and had it for breakfast dessert the next morning.  Perfect with a hot cup of coffee!

This recipe calls for melting chocolate and butter in a double-boiler.  I don’t have one of these as I think using a metal or Pyrex bowl set atop a simmer pot of water works just fine:

While the chocolate and butter melt, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, sugar and salt:

Now go back to that melty chocolate goodness on the stove and add in the cocoa powder:

Once the cocoa powder is mixed into the chocolate and butter, slowly whisk in the egg-vanilla-sugar-salt mix, making sure to combine until the batter is smooth.  Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25-25 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.


Brownies from Scratch

  • Author: Kathleen



5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter, softened
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
Non-stick spray for pan


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Put chocolate and butter in a double boiler.
If you don’t have a double boiler, put it in a Pyrex or metal bowl and cook over simmering water, stirring with a whisk until completely melted together.
Add cocoa powder to melted chocolate.
In a separate bowl,whisk together eggs, vanilla, sugar, and salt.
Add this mixture to the chocolate, whisking to incorporate.
Add flour, stirring with a spoon.
Pour mix into brownie pan.
Cook 25-35 minutes.
Let cool.



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