Friday, May 30, 2014

1 Pan (Summer) Brownie Bake!

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The start of summer means treats in our house!

This takes 1 pan, 5 minutes and some ice cream!



I call this a 1 Pan (Summer) Brownie Bake for one reason.  It's unofficially Summer right now and I'm making it during this time of year.  My kids are on Summer break yes… but, clearly, you could make this any time!  Here in Arizona, we're not that hot… yet.  It was like 95 degrees here yesterday and for us, during May, that could be considered chilly!  We get HOT here.  When we do, I try very hard to not bake too much - it's unavoidable at times - but we usually lean toward cold treats July, August and September.

The reason I share this one right now is simple - we're not at the heart of the Summer heat and for some reason it goes great with BBQ's, like the one we just held at our pad!  It's so easy, a 1 pan extraordinaire (that's right you make and bake the brownie in one "pan.." plus 2 little ol' bowls) AND there's ice cream involved!  When you're done… it looks like this!


Yea, these kind of treats pretty much floor my family every single time.  Stick ice cream on any WARM, gooey baked good and they are SOLD!  Simple and yummy, totally my style.

You need:
1/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tblspns (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 heavy cream
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Alright, now do you have 5 minutes to spare?  If you don't, do NOT attempt this recipe as you need like a whole 5-6 minutes to do it.  Preheat your oven to 350.  In a large bowl whisk together sugar and eggs.  In another bowl, whisk cocoa, flour and salt.  Then in a medium, ovenproof non-stick skillet (have one of those?  If not, you may have to use 2 pans - sorry)  bring butter and cream to a simmer over medium heat and add chocolate.  Reduce to low.  Stir until chocolate had melted.  It's quick!  Remove from heat and let cool.  Add pan mixture to sugar mixture and whisk, then add flour mixture and pour back into the pan you just used.  It will be thick.  You have to kind of "style" it - if that makes sense.

Because what you see it what you get.  It bakes just how you leave it, i.e.: swirls and all!  Which, to me, looks cool!  It doesn't settle much, look below, see what I mean?

Bake for about 30-35 minutes.  I don't like brownies overcooked!

They always bake more when they come out of the oven too.  You can make sure they're done by using a toothpick - stick it in and out - clean means done!  Sometimes I take them out with just a little goo on the toothpick.  That's just the way I like them!  Anyways, then scoop and serve these babies right from the skillet!


Add some ice cream and caramel or chocolate sauce and you're in there like swim wear!  See, perfect for the start of our un-official Summer season!
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