Thursday, October 29, 2009

Basic Cooking Skills: Basic Brownies

Every other Thursday we will post about different basic cooking skills. Knowing how to prepare meals from scratch is a very important step in becoming self-reliant, which in turn is a crucial component of being prepared. Being able to cook meals for your family will give you confidence, more family togetherness time, and lower your food budget=more money for food storage! If you have a basic cooking skill you'd like to learn, email us! These meals contain perishable food items as this is a different series than our food storage recipes.

Now, most of you are thinking, brownies? Who needs to know how to make brownies? The box always tastes better!

Which is true, box brownies are delicious and easy. But here's a "just as easy" recipe which will be great to have in your arsenal if you just don't want to/or can't run to the store.

Ingredients: Sugar, flour, cocoa powder, vanilla, eggs and butter

Start by melting the butter. You can do it in the microwave too. I usually do melt the butter in the microwave, but I just broke the glass rotating dish in my microwave. Anyone know where you can pick up one of those?

Start mixing ingredients. This here is your basic brownie mix: sugar, flour and cocoa powder





Grease a baking dish. (Can you tell I've been painting?)

And pop it in the oven.

A couple extra steps is all it takes.

These brownies are delicious. If you want thicker brownies you can decrease the size of your pan. I like to make them in large pie dishes and cut them into wedges. Another variation is one of our favorites. Layer half the brownie batter in the pan, then layer three symphony bars on top and finally cover up with the rest of the batter, bake as usual. Oh yum.

Basic Brownies

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
4 eggs
1/4-1/3 cup cocoa (depending on how dark you like your brownies)
1 tsp vanilla

Mix ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes.


Anonymous said...

OH MY! It's as if you were reading my mind today! I was just about to do a Google search for brownie recipes to make a batch for my (ailing) gentleman friend. And low and behold - a recipe on your blog. And I have all of those ingredients - in abundance - in my kitchen! Thanks for posting. :)

easy recipes said...

I love brownies. I always happy to try new recipe.

Bellen said...

Hey, that's my recipe that I've been using for 30+ years. Only difference, I stir everything into the pan with melted butter - start with sugar, end with eggs and vanilla - just so the eggs don't scramble.

Love the brownies - hate the cleanup.

Kelli said...

I love brownies. Hardly ever use the box stuff...homemade is just as simple and better for you, I'm sure, if they are "good" for you at all, that is!

Oh, and I DO know where you can get one of those glass things for your micro....I have an extra and I'll cut you a great deal! I have been meaning to put it on Craigslist or something...email me if you're interested....seriously! (wildsquirrel.blogspot at gmail.com)

CThomas said...

I've mixed up the dry ingredients for my homemade brownies and keep them in a plastic container so they are just as easy as a box mix.
My recipe is: 16 c. sugar, 6 c. cocoa, 8 tsp. baking powder, and 8 tsp. salt.
Brownies: 2 1/2 c. mix, 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, 4 eggs, 3/4 c. oil. Bake in 9X13 glass dish 32 minutes at 325 degrees.
Note: I add fresh whole wheat flour so it will have more nutrients, but you could add white flour to the mix or use whole wheat flour in the mix and store in refrigerator.
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