Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Brownies for the Busy Baker

Here's a recipe so easy that it makes you wonder why anyone would want to make 'em any other way. Not only is this one of the simplest brownie recipes out there, but it's one of the tastiest.  These are really great for Baking Emergencies such as "Ack!  I forgot to pick up cookies for the meeting!"

Saucepan Brownies

  • ¾ unsalted butter (revised downward from 1 cup -- makes firmer, chewier brownies)
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • ¾ cup white flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
No baking powder or baking soda is required in this recipe.

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Start by lining an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan with parchment paper.  To get the paper to stay put, give the pan a light coating of butter or margarine. Set aside.

Next, start to melt the butter in a fairly deep saucepan, on medium-low heat.  While it's heating up, combine the sugar, cocoa and flour in a bowl.  As soon as the butter is melted, take it off the heat; add the bowlful of dry ingredients; and stir until smooth.

Now you can add the eggs one by one, stirring well after each one.

Finally, add the vanilla.  Give the batter a good stirring, then scrape it out into the prepared baking pan.  The batter is thick, so use a water-dampened spoon to even it out.

The oven should be at temperature by now, so go for it. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, then test by lightly pressing down on the top.  If the dent doesn't spring back up, bake for 5 more minutes and test again.  Repeat as necessary, 5 minutes at a time.

Let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and wait at least another 10 minutes before cutting into squares.  These should be moist on the inside, crunchy on top, and brownies through and through.


  1. Hi Glori

    I, for one, have always enjoyed your brownies... Moist, chocolatey, delicious...

    love your blog, Glori