perfectly baked brownies & other new year’s resolutions


i’m going to go ahead & assume that most normal people’s new year’s resolutions do not involve brownies. in this way, i am highly abnormal. while i didn’t technically come right out & resolve to make the perfect brownie in 2013, i might as well have. i baked many a batch of brownies over the course of 2012, searching for the perfect ooey-gooey-chewy, chocolatey-but-not-too-chocolatey recipe. i made good brownies, but not the kind i was after. as a chocolate girl, you see, i have principles. while i can’t say i’ve ever met a brownie that i didn’t like, a girl’s gotta at least pretend to have some standards. my standards, i’ve learned, involve butter. i’ve also learned that with brownies, as with many of the good things life has to offer, it’s best to keep it simple.

my prince charming of brownie recipes
adapted from the december 2012 issue of bon appetite
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
-1 1/4 cups sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup flour
-3/4 cup dutch cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp salt

1. preheat oven to 325 degrees. line an 8x8x2 glass or ceramic baking dish with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang. grease said foil with butter, veggie oil, or cooking spray.
2. in a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs & vanilla with a fork (be sure to beat eggs well while combining).
3. sift flour, cocoa & salt together right on top of the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl.
4. fold wet & dry ingredients together until just combined (do not overmix or else brownies will become too tough).
5. scrape batter into prepared pan & smooth. bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. cool in pan on a wire rack before cutting into 12 delicious, perfect, delectable 2-inch squares.

oh & here are my actual resolutions:

1. Run another half-marathon
2. Contribute to the happiness & wellbeing of others
3. Stay in touch
4. Disconnect more often
5. Be more patient
6. Yoga every day
7. Cultivate a stronger inner peace/calm
8. Write creatively & read more often
9. Call each parent at least 1x per week
10. Speak with intention
11. Get trained as a yoga instructor
12. Don’t put off chores
13. Be wiser with money
14. Eat less animal product
15. Take time to unwind without feeling guilty
16. Be less critical
17. Learn more about managing personal finances
18. Enjoy each moment I am in

what are yours?

About Christina

Milwaukee-based bon vivant. Lover of food, yoga, design, good words & loving kindness.
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2 Responses to perfectly baked brownies & other new year’s resolutions

  1. Deb says:

    There is are 2 really good plain old brownie recipes – the old NY Times cookbook (the blue one) and Betty Crocker. My daughter likes Betty better and my sister likes the old NY Times. I like both. The NY Times has on-line a recipe for Champagnes Brpwnies which are not really brownies but are really good.

    • christina says:

      Good to know. I’ll have to try them! By the way, I stopped by your office yesterday around 11:30 after a career services appointment but you weren’t there! We will have to do slow food soon :)

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