Friday, June 11, 2010

Gastronomy: Luscious, No-Brainer Brownies

I have previously blogged about my loathing of baking and my love of cooking. Precision and time consumption are not only against my nature, but also my lifestyle. Having a small child, our home on Friday nights is often filled with neighbors and friends who have small children as well. As a result, I am always left scrambling for a dessert option that is easy and the little ones will enjoy as a special treat. This usually means that I stop at my local, corner bakery, Dinkel’s, and pick-up cupcakes or cookies.

When I tire of the bakery pick-up, however, the other Mod City Mom has a fab recipe for brownies that has become a staple in our house (it has been in use so long, that she can’t remember where she first found it). They are everything that you would expect a good brownie to be—rich, chocolate flavor, velvety texture, and perfectly decadent. And they are what our mom would call a "no-brainer"—perfect for the active mom who doesn’t like to bake. These brownies are easier than a box mix—the only difference is the rich taste. All you need is six simple ingredients and thirty minutes (seriously).

Luscious Brownies

2 c sugar
1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c unsalted butter, melted
4 large eggs
1½ c flour
2 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and stir. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring only until blended. Add the flour and vanilla. Stir until all the ingredients are blended. DO NOT OVERMIX. Transfer to pan and shake to even out. Bake in the top half of the oven for 20 minutes, until the center if firm to the touch.

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Anonymous June 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

Just made the brownies, they are delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will definitely add it to my collection. It is an easy one and uses ingredients I always have in the house.

Anonymous June 15, 2010 at 12:56 AM  

These look ridiculously delish! As I scoped this out during some late night blogging, that's all I want right now!! Yum :)

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After becoming mothers, sisters Sarah Romine and Leah Weyandt wanted to marry the activities and interests that they experienced before motherhood with their new found lives with children. This was not always an easy task—traveling to obscure places, shopping at off-beat boutiques, and sipping lazy-afternoon cocktails doesn't always fit neatly with parenthood. Stemming from their frustration, they meticulously searched, and continue to search, for activities, establishments, and entertainment that they take pleasure in and their families benefit from. The result? Mod City Mom.

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Sarah is a passionate cook, fashionista, writer, actor, and mother. Like all actors, she ended up working at many-a-restaurant to make ends meet and shopping at countless bargain boutiques to maintain her sense of personal style. Her culinary journey, love affair with fashion, and desire to remain true to herself after becoming a mother are the inspirations for this site. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago.

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A polymath wannabe, Leah loves books, films, music, cooking, and travel. After co-starting a writing and editing shop in 2002, Leah has spent her spare time frequenting her favorite cities, hangouts, and haunts. Her obsession with finding the new, innovative, and quirky is the impetus behind this site. Leah lives with her two sons and husband in North San Diego County.
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