Fixed Oven = Brownies

This was the culprit:IMG_3367

It looks so small and insignificant, but let me tell you, this little sucker deprived me of my oven just at the start of the fall baking season.

I suppose there are good sides to not being able to bake, namely the reduction in caloric intake probably.  But that doesn’t make it okay!!!

Anyway, in full celebration of a working oven again (thanks so much Dad!!!!), I whipped up a batch of my go-to brownie recipe.  These are super fudgey chocolate chunk brownies.  While a cakey-brownie can be nice, I definitely prefer the fudgey ones, especially when they are a little underdone . . .

Oh, and the key ingredient is definitely the chocolate chunks.  Texturally, they are a great compliment, especially because they stay slightly melted hours, or even the next day, after the brownies have finished baking.  Biting into a big brownie and getting a bit of melty-chocolate . . .mmmmmmm good!
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Anyway, the recipe for these brownies is fairly simple:

1. Preheat your oven to 350, and prepare a 9×9 pan either with parchment paper or something like PAM

2. Mix together 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla; add 2 eggs (pre-lightly beaten)

3. Add in 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, and 1/4 tsp salt

4. THEN sprinkle in 1/4 tsp of baking soda, and mix it in

5. Finally, stir in 2 cups chocolate chunks, pour the batter into your dish, spread it around, and bake for 25 minutes.  With brownies, it’s okay if your tester toothpick doesn’t come out completely clean.
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Ah, here they are.  These brownies have a great crinkly thin top layer but maintain the richness in the substance below.  I have a few other brownie recipes (like my “hot chocolate brownies”), but this one is great because it is simple, classic, and definitely a crowd pleaser.  AND, if you manage to save any beyond the first hour after they are baked, these taste great the next day as well . . . or the next day, and the next day . . . but really, what is the likelihood of really finding that out?

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