Often times, bloggers include a personal anecdote or story around the recipe. I myself try to do that -- I like the personal touches, and I don't want to produce a blog where I'm just churning out recipe after recipe without any sort of personality. But sometimes, there's really just not too much to say about the recipe. Take the Hummingbird Bakery's traditional brownie recipe:
It's been a busy few weeks -- between things ramping up at work, friends visiting, and finding myself gearing up for yet another move -- the days have been long and I find myself exhausted. I love my blog and I love trying new recipes for it, but sometimes, I just want a simple brownie and nothing more. The kind of brownie doesn't need a story because it's just your everyday brownie. And this recipe is exactly that -- delicious, but nothing fussy and nothing pretentious.
Why aren't all baked goods (and blog posts) this easy?
- 1 large stainless steel bowl (I used a 7 1/2-quart bowl from Tivoli, but you can definitely go smaller than that)
- 1 13 x 9-inch baking pan, lined with parchment paper
- 6 1/2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- confectioners’ sugar, to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 325 (F).
- Put 6 1/2 oz. chocolate and 1 1/2 sticks butter in a large, heatproof, stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water -- make sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Leave until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally.
- Remove bowl from heat. Add 1 2/3 cups sugar, and use a rubber spatula to stir the sugar into the chocolate and butter mixture until well incorporated.
- Add 1 cup flour and stir until just incorporated. There should be one or two flour streaks left -- be careful not to overmix, or your brownies will be too tough and I will be sad.
- Finally, stir in the eggs and mix until just incorporated. The batter should be thick and smooth at this point.
- Spoon the dough into the prepared baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until flaky on top but still soft in the center. Be careful not to overbake otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy.
- Let cool completely on a wire rack before dusting with confectioner’s sugar to decorate.