Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fudgalicious Brownies

You guys. How is it the end of September already? Where did my summer go? For that matter, where did my year go? An entire year, and just like that, it's almost over! I'll write a post about my hiatus from blogging (and life in general) within the next few weeks to let you know what I've been up to. 

We're entering the all pumpkin everything season but all I can think about are these brownies. Goo-ey, fudgy, chocolate-y goodness. I can't even deal with keeping these in my house. I will eat them all. An entire 9x13 baking dish. Fo shizzle. So I bake them and force others to eat them. Friends, co-workers, parents--it doesn't matter who eats them as long as they don't sit around my house, tempting me with their fudgey deliciousness. I hear them calling my name. Constantly. 

I'm very particular about my brownies. I like them with more of a fudge texture. Anything else, as far as I'm concerned, is cake. And if I wanted cake I would bake a cake. Therefore, this recipe makes my perfect brownie. It's my family's go-to recipe and originated with my great-grandmother, Anna Katherine Pepper, or Memaw as we called her. 

Memaw was a character. She was very strong-willed and opinionated. She tried to give away my parents' cat when I was born (allegedly). There are many stories of the matriarch of our family that end in laughter but she was also an extremely generous woman. She would give you the clothes off her back or a bed to sleep in if you didn't have one.  Her thumb was very green. She grew such beautiful flowers. Most of my memories are set in an assisted living facility having wheelchair races in the hallway, but I do have some memories of her house in town where my cousins and I would spend hours on the front porch swing with her while she scared the living day lights out of us with her dentures. I told you most of the stories ended in laughter. So, in honor of the time of year when all of my grandparents would make a mass exodus to Florida in order to avoid any winter-like conditions, make these brownies. I promise you won't be sorry. 

What are some memories of your grandparents? I would love to hear them!

Fudge-a-licious Brownies

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. 

In another bowl, mix eggs and sugar until combined. Add vanilla and oil, slowly and mix well. Stir in cocoa powder. 

Mix the dry ingredients into the oil mixture. 

Pour into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. *

Let cool before cutting. 

*cooks note: there are times it has taken longer than 45 minutes for these brownies to bake. I tend to leave them a little gooey in the center. 

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