Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mari's Famous Brownies

Yannis is always telling me about the great contributions Greece has made in the world.  In fact, almost all good things come from Greece; democracy, Western civilization, poetry, and even most words. Well, I agree with him on most things but have to remind him of America's gifts to mankind. Like apple pie, Chevrolets and brownies! Yannis never enjoyed any of these lovely things till he went to America. The brownie was invented in the 1800's for a woman's luncheon party . The ladies wanted something between a cookie and cake that could be wrapped and put in a lunch box.  So, the talented Americans came up with brownies; that wonderful, chewy, chocolate treat.  OK, the Greeks have a version of apple pie and even a make of car, but nothing comparing to the all American brownie; after all, they aren't called caffies, or chocolatopitas!!

1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
4 eggs
1 1/4 cup flour mixed with 1/2 teas. salt , 1/2 teas. baking powder and
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teas. vanilla

Pre heat oven to 350F./180C., place 1 cup of butter in  a 9x12 " cake pan; stir in sugar and then add the eggs. Stir in the dry ingredients only till moistened and then add the vanilla.  If I have a good dark chocolate candy bar handy, I break up several pieces of it and stir it in.   Bake for 30 minutes, or untill you smell the awesome chocolate aroma.  It is better to under bake these rather than bake till dry. This is such an easy recipe-no pans, bowls or mixers to clean either!  These brownies are super moist and chewy. They can be frosted with butter cream frosting with 3 Tablespoons of cocoa stirred in, and a splash of kalua.  Walnuts can be sprinkled on top and if you're in a hurry, just dust the brownies with powdered sugar.

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