It occurred to me a few weeks ago that I’ve never posted a brownie recipe on here. Let me tell you, it’s not because I never make brownies. I’ve made these rich and chewy brownies approximately 4138740957 times. With nuts, without nuts, with chocolate chips, with icing, bakery size, two-bite size. You get the idea.
But I thought since Easter is quickly approaching, that I would show you a way to take a ginormous pan of homemade brownies and cut them up into gorgeous servings for say 20 plus people? Not only will they be a spectacular presentation on your Easter table, but people will really, really enjoy them.
Guaranteed there won’t be a single serving left.
I’ve been making my brownies in a large 11 x 15 pan for a very long time (I actually make most of my bars in this pan size). It started with the bake shop days, when we supplied huge pieces of brownies to our local coffee shop. Naturally, I started making that size at home too. But not because we’re heathens and eat the whole pan at once (*ahem* but we may have done so on occasion). It’s because I love to make a big pan and enjoy some now and then portion them out and freeze them for later. Brownies freeze really well and are seriously the best treat to find in the freezer. Also, remember here, when I told you I have a really large family? Well, brownies in a tiny little 8 x 8 or 9 x 13 pan just won’t do for our functions.
In order to make them dessert table worthy (really, brownies are anyway but why settle for plain?!), and to feed the masses, I cut them so that they are the perfect brownie bite size. Then I top them with a generous ribbon of sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries. That’s 40 servings of delicious brownie bites friends. For your Easter dinner. For your next potluck. For your weekend binge watch marathon of This Is Us. Whatever comes first.
Did I mention that these brownies are made in one bowl? Making brownies with a mixer or over stirring the batter, is just a giant no-no in my books. All you need to accomplish a great tasting brownie is a large bowl and a whisk.
Awww, but I love a giant sink full of dirty dishes after baking, said no one ever.
That’s all for now friends. Typing this post gave me such an incredible craving for brownies that I had to pause and frantically search the freezer for one. Looks like someone has beat me to the stash (argh! Teenagers!). Guess I know what I’m doing later.
Have a great week friends,
A really simple, one bowl recipe for rich and chewy chocolate brownies that you can portion out to feed a crowd!
- 1 cup hot strong coffee
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- 3 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour or bread flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (dark is wonderful)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- fresh strawberries for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray and line a 11 x 15 rectangular pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the hot coffee and cocoa.
- Add in the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted. Whisk in the melted butter.
- Add the eggs and yolks and whisk until well combined. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla until the sugar is fully incorporated.
- Use a spatula to mix in the flour and salt. Mix just until no more flour streaks appear. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Brownies should still be fudgy in the middle. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan.
- Once cool, lift the brownies from the pan and cut them into even squares. This pan size will allow for 4 brownies per row (cutting from the shortest side) that are 2.75 inches x 3 inches. This will give you a total of 20 square brownies. Cut each square in half for a total of 40 pieces.
- Use a mixer to whip the cream and sugar into firm peaks. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton #104 tip, and with the widest end facing down, pipe a ribbon of cream on top of the brownie. Top with 3-4 fresh strawberry slices.
- Line the brownie bites up on a large serving tray. Enjoy!