Monday, May 23, 2011

Dr. Rice's Brownies

Back in in 2000, my mother, a personal property liquidator (she runs estate sales and really good house sales) was working for an elderly dentist by the name of Dr. Rice. While taking a break for lunch one day, Dr. Rice offered her some of the brownies he had just made.  Taken by the perfection of these brownies, Mother asked for the recipe. Dr. Rice preached how easy they were to make... and they are.  The key is the microwave, but if you don't have a microwave, just use a double boiler.  Also, there's no need for a mixer, just a fork or spatula.  These brownies are so easy, there is no reason to ever use a mix from a box again.  

3 squares (3 ounces) bitter/unsweetened/baking chocolate 
1 1/2 sticks butter

1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tbs vanilla

3/4 cup flour
1 tbs. cocoa
1/2 tbs. baking powder

3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup chocolate chips

How To:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Microwave chocolate 1 1/2 minutes.  
3. Add butter and heat 30 seconds longer.  Stir until smooth.  
4. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Less stirring means more tender brownies.  
5. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder.  Stir.  
6. Add nuts and chips.  
7. Bake in a 9” x 9” greased pan for 25 minutes, but check with with a clean knife or toothpick.

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