The brownie, one of America’s favorite baked treats, was born in the U.S.A.—we just aren’t quite sure where—although evidence points to New England in the first few years of the 20th century. Although cake-like and baked in a cake pan, the brownie is classified as a bar cookie rather than a cake. There are thousands of recipes, both “cake” types and “fudge” types, today’s recipe is a fudge one and is delicious, at home it is always a hit and the kids love them.Ingredients 1 2 / 3 cups sugar
1/ 2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2 tablespoons water
2 sticks (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate chunks
2 large eggs
1 1 / 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1 / 3 cups flour
1/ 4 teaspoon baking soda
1/ 4 teaspoon salt
1/ 2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 º F ( 180 ºC ) and grease a rectangular pan (33 x 22 cm.).
In a saucepan (or microwave at full power for 4 or 5 minutes stirring once) heat the butter, water and sugar to a boil, stirring constantly. Then remove from heat and add chocolate bars and stir until melted, let it temper a bit and then add the eggs one by one, stirring well after each one.
Now add the vanilla, flour, baking soda, salt and nuts and pour it into the pan. Bake it from 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out just a little dirty.
We leave it to cool and then cut it into squares.
The best way to take it: With a scoop of ice cream and melted chocolate on top … yum!