September 3, 2017

From the Bookshelf to the Kitchen: Lara Jean's Brownies

I'm so happy to complete my series of FtBttK posts focusing on Lara Jean Covey's recipes. This one comes from the Target edition of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, and it's actually Katharine Hepburn's recipe originally for...brownies!

Books with characters who bake are almost always some of my favorites, so Lara Jean will always have a special place in my heart. 

Lara Jean's Brownies

1/2 cup cocoa powder (make sure it's not dark chocolate)
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs (use 3 eggs for cakier brownies)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped or broken-up walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the cocoa and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a large bowl. 
3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt (plus nuts, if you so choose). Add to the cocoa-butter mixture. Stir just until combined.
5. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan. Bake 30-35 minutes. Do not overbake; the brownies should be gooey. Let cool, then cut into bars.

I forgot to take a picture of the book with the brownies, oops! The mixture was super thick and dark, so I'll definitely try a third egg next time and also a sweeter cocoa powder. Bon appetit!

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