Homemade Organic Best Cocoa Brownies

My, oh, my.  These brownies certainly don’t last long at my house.  The original recipe is from Smitten Kitchen and I have adapted it slightly to make it organic.

Here’s what you need:

  • 10 Tbsp. organic pasture butter.  [1-1/4 sticks]
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. organic raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt or sea salt
  • 2 tsp. Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large organic pasture eggs, cold
  • 2/3 cup organic pecan or organic walnut pieces, optional.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Use butter, lard or other fat to grease an 8′ x 8′ pan.
  3. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a double boiler over barely simmering water.
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is hot to the touch, set aside until warm.
  5. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon (or other non-reactive material)
  6. Add one egg, and stir the mixture vigorously.
  7. Add the other egg, and stir the mixture vigorously.
  8. When the batter is thick, shiny and well blended, add the flour until you can’t see it any longer.
  9. Now, stir the batter for 40 strokes with a wooden spoon.  (Tiring, but so worth it!)
  10. Fold in the nuts, if you’re using them.
  11. Bake them until a toothpick comes out with a slightly moist with batter.  (Somewhere between 20 to 30 minutes.)
  12. Put the brownies on a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before cutting.  (Hard, I know!)
  13. Enjoy!

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