Sunday, June 15, 2014

brownies for my bro

a very happy father's day to my big brother!

kavin is by far the best guy i know. always there for any of us, supportive and encouraging with a sprinkling of tough love. incredibly generous with his time and full of heart, becoming a father has only made him better. it makes me smile to see him and abby together--love simply radiates.

kavin, i love you and wish you THE best father's day (and lots more to come)!

how about we have some good ol' fashioned brownies to celebrate~

in the past couple years i've been a little 'adventurous' in my baking, trying recipes that feature unusual spices and flavors or adding a little twist on the traditional. kavin, along with the rest of my family, has lovingly been my taste tester. he's had to put up with quite a lot of sweets with cardamom, earl grey, lavender, etc. so i think it's time to bring back the basics. brownies. no hidden black beans or avocado mixed in. no random swirl of caramel (although that might not be a bad idea...). not even walnuts. just chocolate fudgy brownies.

i chose this recipe for its simplicity and because joy the baker is my go-to for most things baked. these brownies were super easy to make and left my apartment smelling like chocolate. (jealous?)

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::joy the baker's chocolate fudge brownies::
(recipe from joy the baker cookbook)
makes one 8-inch pan

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. grease and flour an 8-inch-square baking dish and set aside.

in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. set aside.

bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. in a medium, heatproof bowl, add butter and unsweetened chocolate. place the bowl over, but not touching, the simmering water and allow to melt. stir to incorporate. once melted, remove the bowl from the simmering pot. whisk in brown and granulated sugars. whisk in eggs, yolk, and vanilla. add the flour mixture, all at once, to the chocolate mixture. fold together with a spatula until well incorporated. fold in chocolate chips.

pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. bake until a skewer inserted in the center of the brownie comes out clean. remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
brownies last, well wrapped, at room temperature for up to 5 days.

*note: the original recipe is for frosted brownies, but i left mine unfrosted

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