Leaving a legacy of love through brownies

Imagine biting into pure chocolate gooeyness.

The blissful taste makes you feel a sense of love and belonging. The recipe was handed down from your grandmother and made with love for years. This melt-in-your-mouth goodness is certainly not necessary, but that’s part of what makes it so delightful. It’s extravagant. 
 
What is this most delicious experience you’re now drooling to taste?

Brownies.

Brownies made with browned butter and 100% dark chocolate. Brownies that will melt in your mouth every single time. Brownies that tell a story. (Keep reading for the recipe.)
 
I believe all food tells a story. Eating is so much more than sustaining our physical life. Food brings people together — it’s the start of community, of doing life together. Food is the common thread between celebration, comfort, conversation, love, and so much more. When words aren’t enough, you can always say it with food.
 
This blog — Say It With Food — savors the experience of food in all different aspects of life — fine dining, budget meals, first dates, family recipes, hospitality (dinner parties and social events), travel, and international cultures. 
 
I’m starting with a family recipe of the most delectable brownies (“the best ever” according to my husband :). My grandmother made this recipe for years and passed it on to my mom who then taught me how to make it. I’ve made a couple tweaks of my own, but the essence remains the same. Baking this recipe makes me feel connected in a small way to my grandmother — she died before I was born, but I share her name (Laura) and now her heavenly brownies. Her legacy of love lives on in many ways, but this recipe is one of my favorites.
 
Make these brownies, share them with friends, and repeat. I promise, one batch just won’t be enough. :)
 
Quick tip: the sequence is critical in this recipe! Be sure to follow the directions exactly — at least at first so you get the full experience. Then you can experiment and find your own preferred variation.

Best Ever Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), browned (instructions below)
  • 4 ounces 100% dark chocolate (I recommend Ghirardelli’s 100% Cacao)
  • 2 cups baker’s sugar (can be found at most grocery stores; if not readily available, the same amount of granulated sugar will work)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • dash of salt

Directions
 
Preheat oven to 350* F

Begin by browning your butter — heat the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Stir occasionally so it cooks evenly. The color will slowly change from yellow to golden-tan to a darker brown. Be patient — this takes a few minutes! Once you smell a nutty aroma and the butter at bottom of the pan shows mostly darker brown, remove from heat.

In a separate pan, melt the chocolate over low to medium heat. Once completely melted, immediately remove from heat. Combine melted chocolate and browned butter in a heat-proof bowl. Add in the sugar and stir well. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients (baking powder, flour, and salt). Stir combined dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix well.

Coat a 9”x13” pan (or 8"x11" pan for slightly thicker brownies) with cooking spray. Pour the brownie batter into the pan.

Bake for 30–35 min or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean (I like my brownies a little gooey).

Let brownies cool slightly before serving. Bon Appetit!

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