Insanely Good Dark Chocolate Brownies

While chatting with a friend in London (how flippantly can that be written?) we delved into the topic of community, how in western communities it seems that while we have the larger amount of wealth and individualism in the west- a lot of the time we have lessened our sense of community.

When someone is sick, going through depression or just having a plain rough time, unless they are known and liked in the area where they live in and have family and friends to check on them-a person could
fall through the cracks. Anyway, awfully large topic for a recipe, but I’m getting to that. When someone tells me they’re down, or sick, my first thought is what can I bring them?.

So today’s recipe is brought to you by such a moment. Dark Chocolate Brownies. One of the wonderful things that I’ve learned about living in Plymouth is that community is what you make it. I’ve been fortunate to be transplanted to a town that has a strong sense of community and each of its neighborhoods is the same way. Joining a mom’s group, a choir, a drinking club, have made this large town much smaller.

This is what you need:

2 dark chocolate bars

6 tbsp unsalted butter

2/3 cup flour

1/2 tea baking powder

1/4 tea salt

1 cup sugar

2 eggs (Thanks Nicole!)

1 tea vanilla extract

1 bag of dark chocolate buttons

Preheat oven to 325 F

Spray pan (I used Trader Joes Coconut Oil)

Stir butter and chocolate bars together over low heat until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Have your child stir until blended.

In another bowl mix sugar, eggs and vanilla until mixture is thickened, add in melted chocolate, stir, then flour mixture and stir. Fold in chocolate buttons.

Pour this into your sprayed tin. Bake for 26-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. I used an 8×8 glass Pyrex dish.

If you’re feeling fancy serve with confectioners sugar and strawberries OR a large glass of red wine. I chose the latter.


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