Monday, September 30, 2013

Aunt Raquel's Homemade Microwave Brownies

My husband's Aunt Raquel is an incredible baker.  
So, when she sends me a recipe to try, I know it must be good.

Recently she sent me a recipe for homemade microwave brownies.  I have never made brownies from scratch.  I am more of an out of the box kind of baker.  Aunt Raquel is the real deal kind of baker.  She got the recipe originally from the newspaper years ago.  

 Here's all you need to whip up your own homemade brownies:

1/2 cup margarine
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Prep time - less than ten minutes 
Bake time - four minutes

 Place margarine and chocolate in a 2 quart glass batter bowl.  Microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is melted.  
 Using a wooden spoon, beat sugar into chocolate mixture.  Add eggs to mixture; beat well.
 Stir in flour and baking powder until well combined.  Stir in vanilla and nuts.
 Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking dish.  Pour bater into dish and spread it to a uniform thickness.  
 Microwave 4-7 minutes on high, depending on your microwave.  It is better to undercook brownies so that they will be tender and moist.  If you cook them too long you risk them being hard.
 It only took 4 minutes in my microwave.  The first time we tried the recipe we cooked them for 6 minutes in the microwave and created the consistency of a giant hockey puck.  We had to throw that batch away.  Less is more here for sure!!

Four minutes to create perfect brownies.
We garnished the top with extra chocolate chips because you really can never have too much chocolate.

If you don't have a microwave or prefer to use an oven, the batter can also be baked for 20-25 minutes in a conventional oven preheated to 350 degrees.

Hope you will try these.


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