Sunday, August 19, 2012

Triple Chocolate Diner Brownies

George Sheehan described why people, like me, run. He said,

There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.

While I agree with George, I think that the word running could be easily replaced with "making brownies."

Most of the brownie recipes I have posted are for fudge-like brownies. Remember these? Or these? They melt in your mouth and are so rich a tiny square is enough to satisfy a chocolate craving.

But there are many reasons to bake a brownie and many recipes to use when doing so. 

These brownies are cakey diner brownies- the kind of brownie served in a slab not a square, covered in airy whipped frosting.

These brownies are speckled with chocolate chips and topped with dreamy mocha frosting. 

These brownies would feel at home on the counter of a 1950's diner. They pair well with  Elvis' Greatest Hits and saddle shoes.

My self-renewing compulsion is baking-and-running. Find your own and go for it.

Diner Brownies
makes and 8x8 pan
adapted from
2 eggs
1/2 c + 2Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick butter
3/4 c AP flour
1 1/8 c sugar
1 c chocolate chips
1 can of chocolate frosting
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1. In a small saucepan melt butter; add sugar and stir until combined
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, cocoa, baking powder, salt and 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso
3. Add warm butter mixture to egg mixture, stirring until just combined
4. Fold in flour and chocolate chips; batter will appear lumpy
5. Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pan
4. Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes
5. While brownies are cooling, add remaining teaspoon of instant espresso to canned frosting and mix well
6. Once brownies have cooled completely, frost, cut and enjoy

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