So it’s a well-known fact that I stress out. A lot. Take yesterday for example. My brother had to go downtown Toronto for an errand, and instead of making him take the train by himself (he was nervous), I decided to be a nice big sister and drive him there, against my better judgement.
Now, if any of you have ever been to downtown Toronto, or probably downtown anywhere, you’ll know that it’s not exactly a fun drive. Sure, there’s lots of big, shiny buildings and famous landmarks, but people who drive downtown are crazy.
I was especially stressed out because I had no idea where we were going, and our GPS often seems more confused than we are. But I buckled down and travelled the jungle of downtown Toronto, trying not to melt into a puddle of panic, since every street I wanted to turn on was either closed for construction or a one way or blocked by hordes of people walking, while people behind me honked angrily when I didn’t magically just weave my car in between them. >_<
And then there were my sad attempts at parallel parking. Back when I gave my driving test a few years ago, I laughed at the idea of ever having to parallel park again after the test. But I guess I was wrong! It didn’t help that I was driving my mom’s massive SUV, which didn’t fit in anywhere and my attempts to squeeze it in without hitting the cars in front or behind me, only resulted in my blocking traffic on the road.
This is why when I finally got out of the car when I came home, with shaky legs, I felt like I had run a marathon. A plate of these brownies would have probably done wonders for my stress. Purely, medicinal, I assure you. 😛
When I first bit into these brownies, two weeks ago, I thought I was dreaming. They were so fudgy and so chocolatey, I thought I was eating store-bought brownies for sure. Super moist and studded with occasional pecans, these death by chocolate brownies were a chocolate-lover’s dream! Check them out. 🙂
- 10 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 and 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cups and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs, cold
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line your baking dish with parchment paper, leaving extra on the sides. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, melt the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir well until the butter is completely melted. Let it cool for a few minutes.
- After mixture isn't hot, add the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time. Then add the flour and mix only until it's all incorporated. Fold in the pecans.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top down with the back of a spoon. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with only a few crumbs.
- Let cool completely before cutting and enjoying.
Recipe inspired by Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction.
These are honestly the best brownies I’ve ever made! The only problem is that they only make about 18 to 20 squares every single time. This is a big problem if you’re a chocolate loving monster like me!
I’ve never used pure cocoa powder in a brownie recipe before, so I was a bit skeptical with this one. I’ve always used melted chocolate, either unsweetened or semi-sweet, and the chocolate flavour is awesome. But these? Chocolate galore!
Super moist and chewy, these brownies are extremely fudgy and ooey-goey, and would do exceptionally well with a tall glass of cold milk. Or warmed in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Once you have one, you won’t be able to stop. I guess it’s a good thing it only makes 20? ^_^
Thanks for reading,
Ohh gosh these brownies look sooo good! Feel now like making them next time exams come around and I’ll have enough stress to eat them 😉
Thanks, Arlette! They’re quick to make too, and are perfect when you need a little bit of chocolate 🙂
OMG these look AMAZING! Now I have a terrible craving for brownies! I know what you mean about downtown Toronto too. I rewarded myself with a cinnamon bun after my trip there this weekend lol!
Yes, rewards must be had after trips downtown! So stressful -_-
And make these brownies, Natalie…you’ll definitely love them 🙂