Fudgy in the middle with a light layer of crust on top. Perfection! I've been tweaking and re-tweaking this recipe and I think I've found the perfect combination of ingredients to create brownie awesomeness. Oh yes, brownie awesomeness.
This recipe is for the basic brownie, but feel free to play around with it - top with walnuts, stir in some chocolate chips, or add some mint flavoring to the mix and sprinkle crushed peppermint sticks on the top to spice it up for the holidays.
And get ready! For what, you ask? For brownie awesomeness.
Yeah, you heard me.
Make these right now. Trust me.
1/2 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar (organic preferred)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (can sub imitation)
2 cups all-purpose flour (can sub whole wheat pastry flour)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour (or use baking spray in) a 9x13" baking pan.
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a large, separate bowl whisk together oil, water, sugar, and vanilla. Make sure oil is well-incorporated and not sitting on top of the mixture.
- Add dry mixture to wet. Stir with a wooden spoon until just-mixed. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
- Spread mixture evenly into your baking pan.
- Bake on middle oven rack for 25-30 minutes. Test with finger (don't burn yourself!). Top should be crusty, but innards should still have a little bit of "give."
- Makes about 15 medium-sized brownies.