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Bringing Home the Bakin'

bake my cake and eat it, too

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been M.I.A. from my blog lately.  Immediately upon my return from two months in the woods of Wisconsin, I began baking but had little time to write about it.  Instead, I had to pack and prepare for the rapidly approaching
new school year. Now that I’ve settled into my apartment and classes are underway, I’ve finally found some time to blog.  I recently made Ellie Krieger’s Double-Chocolate Brownies and I can’t wait to make them a staple in my baking repertoire.  Not only are the brownies moist and fudgy, but also they are -gasp- healthy (for a brownie)!  Krieger incorporates much less butter, but keeps the consistency the same with the addition of plain yogurt, so you can enjoy these 160-calorie brownies free of guilt.

Double-Chocolate Brownies – Ellie Krieger

Ingredients

    • cooking spray
    • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 cup whole-grain pastry flour ( or 1/2 C each whole-wheat and all-purpose flours)
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter n a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally; do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.
  3. Whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and brown sugar until smooth, then add the yogurt, oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture until blended. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened.
  4. Spead the batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle with walnuts, if desired. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan on a rack before slicing.
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