Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Easy Microwave Brownies or Blondies

When Wil and I got married, my dad gave us a wonderful microwave oven, and it came with a cookbook, which included a recipe for brownies, which bake in 6 minutes. I have adapted this recipe over the years, and it is still one of our family favourites. Matt used to take the ingredients on band trips when he went with the school and bake brownies for his friends and room mates. A very popular treat with the HTA crowd.


Brownies
you need 2 large eggs, slightly beaten; 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs melted butter or margarine; 5 Tbs cocoa powder; 3/4 cup white sugar; 1/2 cup flour; 1 tsp baking powder; 1 tsp vanilla; and 1 cup chocolate chips. You can also add nuts if you like, but the schools are all nut free, ( and I am allergic) so we don't.
Grease a glass pie plate or quiche dish - nothing metal of course.
In a medium bowl mix melted margarine or butter and sugar. Add cocoa, vanilla, and eggs. Add flour and baking powder. Mix well. Add chocolate chips.  Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Microwave on high power for 6 minutes, turning after 3 minutes if you don't have a turntable. You might need to adjust times for your microwave - this is based on 1100 watts. Top should look wet  but brownies are done if they spring back when lightly touched. Allow to cool slightly before cutting. I usually cut into 10 wedges.

Blondies
you need 2 large eggs, slightly beaten; 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 1/2 cup flour; 1 tsp baking powder; 1 tsp vanilla; and 1 cup butterscotch chips, or white chocolate chips.


Prepare and bake as above.


To make this as a GF treat,  exchange the regular flour for your favourite gluten free flour blend.

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