Chewy Brownies

I like having a good collection of trusty recipes around.  The kind that can be prepared in less-than-ideal conditions, and still turn out great.  The following brownie recipe is one of those.

We are currently Glamping (camping in style) and are cooking with a gas camping oven/stove.  We are incredibly grateful to have this oven!  But it doesn’t circulate the heat evenly and if I don’t time it just right, I end up with charcoal and not food.  Well, I’ve baked these twice in my fantastic-but-less-than-perfect oven and both times they’ve turned out great!!  (Although I do admit in both cases I had to cut significant sections of burnt chocolate off where my oven’s hotspots did their thing.)

Still, I’d serve these to the President or Prime-minister, even the Queen, any day!

Due to my amateur photography skills, this photo will either gross you out, or drive you straight to your kitchen to make these yummy, chewy bites of deliciousness.

Chewy Brownies

1 c. butter

14 oz. (400 grams) dark chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

1 c. sugar

6 eggs

1 T. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 T. instant coffee  (dissolved in 1 T. hot water)

1 c. flour  (I used an all purpose gluten-free mix.  No one can ever tell the difference.  Except my baby who doesn’t get a tummy ache.)

Preheat your oven to 300F (150C).  Line a 9×13 pan with parchment (baking) paper.  Over a double-boiler melt dark chocolate and butter.  Remove from heat, add sugar and mix well.  Add eggs, vanilla, salt and coffee; and finally flour.  Bake that gooey goodness for about 30-35 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature; then move to the fridge and cool completely.  (I KNOW… I hate it when recipes say that too! … Thankfully, in this case, the amount of brownie the recipe produces leaves room for a couple snitches of warm brownie.  Even with a couple premature tastes, there should be plenty of the cooled version left to serve–which, in my opinion, is actually the best–the chilling is what makes them so chewy.)

Give them a try!  I’d love to hear what you think 🙂 .

Cody and Jacob happened to be by today and inadvertently became the brownie-models for this post.  Thanks guys!!!

“Hmmm… What is this?… Should I try it?”

“Ok… here it goes…”

“Aarrrrmmmmffffff.”

I apologize in advance, but

this next photo potentially takes ‘food-porn’ to an inappropriate level.

“Oh Lord!!!”

Then there was Jacob:

“Alright. I’ll try it.”

(silence)

“Mmmmmmm”
(Generally closed eyes and a heavy sigh is good when tasting food.)

“Hey! I knew I would like it!”

Thanks guys!  But I think my baby takes the cake!

“Mmmm. I like it Mamma! You’re the Best!”  …  “I Love you too baby!”

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