Chandra's Delicious Chewy Brownies
I was at a potluck dinner a few years ago, and my friend Chandra brought some brownies. Growing up as a Hare Krishna on an eggless diet, all the brownies I ever had were more like cake than the chewy chocolaty goodness that was described to me by my mother when she recalled her childhood encounters with brownies. I have to admit I was skeptical as to Chandra’s brownie’s authenticity, as I had long ago given up on ever finding an eggless chewy brownie recipe.
Imagine my surprise when Chandra’s brownies were everything I had imagined a perfect brownie to be. Not only were her brownies perfection, but Chandra was sweet enough to share her recipe freely, so I am passing it along to you just in case, like me, you are hunting for a perfect brownie recipe.
1 1/4 cup bitter sweet chocolate chips* (or chopped chocolate)
1 (14 ounce) can condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil (not wax paper).
2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. A lot of bakers suggest sifting the dry ingredients together at least once to break up any limps and to make sure it’s mixed up nicely.
3. Over medium/low heat melt the butter with the chocolate chips. Once chocolate and butter are melted and smooth add the condensed milk and vanilla and remove from heat.
4. Stir in dry ingredients and nuts (if using them), and pour into your prepared baking tray.
5. Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Brownies usually don’t appear done when they’re done, so you can insert a wooden toothpick into the center to check if it’s still gooey.
6. Cut into squares while still warm (but not too warm).
*These brownies would probably be equally delicious made with carob chips instead of chocolate. If you do happen to try these with carob, let me know how they turn out and if you had to make any adjustments. It’s often not an exact exchange of carob for chocolate, so let me know how much carob you used so we can share it with our readers!