Chocolate Chunk Brownies



I recently had a conversation with my son and his wife about shopping at only the outer rim of the grocery store.  That is the dairy case, fresh fruit and veggie section, bakery, etc. in order to buy only whole and fresh ingredients and to avoid the processed food that is contained in the centre of the supermarket.  Newly inspired, I made brownies last night and here is the from scratch recipe: DSCF1806

Place 4 squares of baker’s chocolate and 3/4 c butter in a glass bowl and microwave at full power for 2 minutes.  Remove and stir until chocolate is well blended.  Stir in 2 c of sugar (1 c at a time) .  Then blend in 3 eggs and 1 t of vanilla.  Next blend in 1 c flour and 1 c chocolate chunks (I used a mixture of chocolate chips, chopped milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate).  Pour into a greased 9 x 12 pan and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  My husband likes his brownies goey  in the middle so I removed them at this time but for a more cakey brownie bake another 5 minutes.DSCF1807

I learned this: “The name for the cocoa tree is theobrama, which means ‘food of the Gods’.  I know that chocolate is meant for us, however, because the melting point of chocolate just happens to be the temperature within your very human mouth.”  –The School of Essential Ingredients

On my last trip to Mexico I purchased Nestle’s Abuelita hot chocolate.  Coincidentally Abuelita plays a key role in The School of Essential ingredients.  If you love an authentic hot chocolate (not made from powder) you will love this.  Imagine the hot chocolate that was made in the chocolate shop of the movie Chocolat-mmm.  

The brownies were delicious especially because I accompanied them with a fine glass of Chilean Merlot.  If you have not tried red wine and chocolate together-you must.

Today I was at a meeting and a friend brought brownies for dessert.  I had to have a taste to compare them to my mine.  I especially enjoyed theirs  and when I requested the recipe I was told that the mix was from Costco!  Perhaps I should rethink the outer rim of the grocery store strategy.

What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”
Katherine Hepburn

4 Comments to

“Chocolate Chunk Brownies”

  1. Avatar March 15th, 2010 at 7:01 am bellini valli Says:

    I always find myself in the outer rim of the grocery store most likely because my cupboards are already fulled to the brim. These brownies are stunning.

  2. Avatar March 15th, 2010 at 7:39 am kath Says:

    Thank you so much “More than…” coming from you that is the ultimate compliment.

  3. Avatar March 16th, 2010 at 10:52 am Caroline Says:

    If the outter rim had the pasta and the baking stuff I think I could do it. Also if you enjoy real hot chocolate The Black Purl had a great one at christmas, it was fair trade/organic and had arealy chocolate bite with spice after taste.

  4. Avatar March 17th, 2010 at 7:13 am Victoria Says:

    “The mix uses Ghiardelli chocolate and natural ingredients which is why it passed inspection (and only available at Costco). I always made from scratch brownies until I discovered this. If it had lousy ingredients I still would make from scratch – but they are pretty amazing – aren’t’ they? The Ghiardelli chocolate is obviously quality goods.”

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