Brownies and Bars

One Bowl Brownies

Every now and then I like to surprise people.

It keeps them guessing about my mental state…which lately, seems to be questionable at best….

Here’s a “for example” for you … when I first started working for my current bosses 4 years ago, I used to bring in baked goods all the time. I was very ambitious then and always had something new for them to try. Now, some of my creations they liked, some they absolutely loved, and some they wouldn’t even consider taking a bite of, but through trial and error, they learned to expand their culinary repertoire and become a little bit more adventurous.

After a while though, when circumstances in my life changed, I wasn’t baking as much and therefore the steady supply of sweets stopped.

Which, incidentally, did not go unnoticed. “How come you never bring in anything anymore?”, they’d ask. Well, because my motivation dropped and quite frankly, people around the office started expecting the little pink box to appear on my desk every day.

And, to quote, “Expectations are the root of all heartache……William Shakespeare. 

So keeping in mind that I was duly unmotivated and chafing against expectation, eventually everyone stopped asking and resorted to store bought goodies.

Sucks for them…..

Last night, however, I was inspired and motivated to bake something. I was in the midst of multitasking to the extreme and was drawn to the recipe on the back of the Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate box for One Bowl Brownies. Now, I’ve made many, many batches of brownies in my day (for evidence, click here), but for some reason, I’ve never made this particular recipe. It was, as promised, a “one-bowl recipe”, and the end results are deeeeee-licious.

My bosses were very surprised and very appreciative today.

As they should be 🙂

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One Bowl Brownies – adapted from Kraft

4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup  butter
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp.  vanilla
1 cup  flour
1 cup  coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line an 8 x 8 square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray foil with cooking spray.

Heat chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and nuts; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool completely. Use foil handles to remove brownies from pan before cutting to serve.

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