Recipe for the Best Brownies Ever - fudgy style!

Best Brownies Ever

Recipe for the Best Brownies Ever - fudgy style!
Recipe for the Best Brownies Ever - fudgy style!
Recipe for the Best Brownies Ever - fudgy style!

Organization = relaxation

Right now, I’m sitting at my computer breathing more slowly and purposefully than I have in a while. I set my alarm a little earlier than usual this morning, and began crossing things off my to-do list as my day went on. This allowed for a kind of focus that I haven’t felt in a while. Throughout the past couple weeks, my brain has been all over the place and filled with existential questions like “What am I going to do with my life?” and, “Why am I always running out of socks?”

You understand.

When I begin to spend too much time wondering about things outside of my control like the location of my socks and whether or not my latest freelance pitch will get accepted, I find it’s best to return to routine, sameness, lists, and my agenda. Being better organized helps me to breathe freely. Actually doing the things I write down in my agenda instead of closing my agenda and pretending that it doesn’t exist (ostrich style) does wonders for my mental health. It seems kind of obvious, though is not always so in real life.

Have you ever struggled with the little voice in the back of your head that’s telling you your day would be much better if you clocked a couple more hours of Broad City? I think it’s difficult to find a balance between listening to that voice for self-care, and listening to that voice when you’ve already binged watched six Friends episodes.

That balance will also change as time goes on. Maybe the voice is there for a reason. Maybe it’s there to allow you to disconnect (partly) and relax. Or maybe it’s there to tease you, taunt you, and break your focus. Practicing basic mindfulness has helped me understand why the voice is there, and address it appropriately. This is the curse of working from home!

Though it may be difficult to maintain some semblance of an organized life, especially if you’re the creative/starving artist type who needs to work multiple jobs to pursue their passions, the consequences are life changing. For me, organization = relaxation = less stress = less acne. 😉

What are some things that help you stay organized and relaxed? Let me know in the comments!
 
Recipe for the Best Brownies Ever - fudgy style!

The Best Brownies Ever

I titled these the best brownies ever because that’s what I was determined to create. If you like very fudgy brownies with a crackly top, these brownies are for you. I followed the method from the King Arthur Flour recipe, but used ingredients from the Taste of Home recipe. Miraculously, it worked! To get that awesome fudgy texture where your teeth slowly sinks into to chocolate heaven, its very important to let the brownies sit for a while after baking. I often let mine sit overnight just to be safe, but an hour or two should be okay. Enjoy 🙂

Best Brownies Ever
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: one 8×8 pan
Ingredients
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and sugar and microwave until melted, about 90 seconds.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, vanilla, cocoa, and salt and whisk to combine.
  3. Take the butter and sugar out of the microwave and whisk to combine. Place it back in the microwave and heat for about 60 seconds or until bubbly. Add this to the egg mixture and whisk to combine. Add the flour and whisk to combine.
  4. Place the batter in the fridge to cool before adding the chocolate chips (about 10 minutes). Once cooled, fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre reveals moist crumbs. Let the brownies sit for at least an hour to adopt a fudgy texture. Serve.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour and Taste of Home

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

18 thoughts on “Best Brownies Ever”

  1. It’s a definite struggle for me! I’m trying to listen more to that little voice about self-care but at the same time strike a good balance!! I’m a total list crosser-offer. Makes me feel so much better when I check things off my list!

    PS these brownies sounds fantastic!

    1. Same, Ashley! I had to start writing self-care activities into my agenda otherwise I wouldn’t do them! Teehee. We love lists!

  2. Uh, don’t even mention socks to me, seriously where do they go? Planners have helped me a lot. I got a Passion Planner and it’s really good for creatives (and it’s actual paper-that you can write on and flip through). But I also needed one to help me with the online world (social media scheduling, organizing and drafting my blog posts, etc) so I use CoSchedule, which has taken away a lot of stress and time-wasting . Waking up early in the morning and saving all my email work for then helps too (but I still have problems sticking to that). And playlists. Lots of playlists.

    That crackly top looks absolutely perfect! I can never decide which I like better, the tops or the fudge-but luckily you made brownies with both!

    1. I just looked up Passion Planners, they look really cool!! Yes – I started the year with two agendas for exactly the same purpose! But then ended up just getting one huge one. And yes to the playlists!! I’ve had Beyonce’s new album on repeat 😛

  3. Hey Katy! Saw these gorgeous brownies via Twitter and had to pop over. The first couple sentences totally drew me into this recipe, too. I’ve actually been blogging a lot about self care lately. A couple of weeks ago I posted a photoless blog post after totally unplugging for the weekend — it was glorious (and my readers seemed to love it)! The post I wrote after that was about simple pleasures and small acts of self care, basically little things I can do for myself when I’m really busy that keep me sane and make me happy. Self care was top of mind last week! I’m glad to see others bloggers talking about it and writing about it. It’s so easy to forget about yourself — I think us artists are especially guilty of that!

    To answer your question, the one blog post where I get really into what helps keep me organized is my ‘New Year, New Goals; Planning for a Successful 2016’ post. I’ve actually been sticking to that more or less and it’s made a huge difference! Also, I’ve been getting a 15 minutes HIIT workout in everyday for almost 2 months now and I can’t tell you what a world of difference that’s made to my mental well being. I do it every morning after I get though my admin and inbox tasks. It’s a great way to transition into the rest of my workday!

    Okay, so now for these brownies! The looks scrumptious, and your photography is so gorgeous! I totally wish I could do dark, moody images — but try as I might, I just can’t seem to pull them off! The light, bright and colourful always comes out, haha. I’m always oogling over your images though — I guess opposites attract!

    Anyway, thanks for the thoughts and the beautiful recipe — I really enjoyed reading this post!

    1. Thanks so much Justine! Yes, totally unplugging even if for one or two days is a really amazing feeling. Congrats on sticking to your workout!!

  4. Oh, I so get you. I’m one to let the to-do list gather dust as I get excited about impulsive projects. So, I too, have started to get up a little earlier to focus on specific things to help organize my day or to cross off some things from my list. Sometimes I just don’t feel like I have enough time for self care or I feel guilty about taking that time when I have a children in elementary school who need me, or a blog post to work on, or cooking, or testing, or house work, or errands. It’s so easy to get lost in and sometimes ground down in the minutiae. However, baking is one thing that relaxes me and I think having a perfect fudgy brownie with a cup of coffee before the kids come home would perk me up. Thanks for your killer brownie recipe and for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Getting up a little earlier definitely helps, I can imagine things are much more busy with kids too! Glad you’ve found something awesome like baking to help relax 🙂

  5. Yes! It’s like you are speaking directly to me. I am a horrible procrastinator, and I have really been working on doing the things that I want to do to in order to avoid stress later. I am so guilty of ostrich style behavior. I saw a wall hanging that says “Nothing will make you feel better than doing the work”. Nothing could be more true for me. I say it to myself when I am feeling guilty and bad about all the things I haven’t done while I continue to avoid them. My A&P Professor once told my class that we are all addicts – addicted to the rush we get when we have a deadline that we have avoided, and at the last minute have to rush around to try to make it. I sometimes ask myself if this is my problem. But reminding ourselves that self care includes doing the things that make us feel accomplished and happy instead of avoiding them and beating ourselves up is so important!
    OK – now on to these brownies. How did you know that these are my favorite kind of brownies? Like of, all time? I don’t know why I hardly ever make brownies, but next time I do, it will be these. Pinning!

    1. That’s an amazing quote!! And the deadline rush totally true for writers like us, hey? I always feel better when I get work done than when I procrastinate but for some reason it’s tough to ignore that procrastination voice 🙂

  6. I’m a total procrastinator – like I’m constantly clicking over to a thousand different websites and then get sucked into instagram for twenty minutes. But, I learned that while it might take me longer than others to complete a task, i’m always proud when I do..haha.

    I can’t wait to try these brownies! They look so fudgy and delicious.

  7. I don’t know where I’d be without my calendar(s)…in the kitchen, on my desk, in my purse… What I know about myself is if I write it down – it’s out of my head and likely to get done. That works! Just like these brownies! A-Mazing!

  8. Oh garsh…this is totally the story of my life (minus the sock thing. . .because I have a drawer brimming with socks and hardly would notice if a couple of pairs went MIA). A brain that doesn’t seem able to sit still and a constant questioning of the purpose of my life (curse of being an INFJ). Lately I have been letting it consume me. . .at the sacrifice of my workouts. I keep telling myself that I need to schedule all my activities. . .so that I can more appropriately plan things (versus taking too much on). The Mr. on the other hand keeps telling me that I just need to prioritize and get one thing done at time. Forget the schedule as I most likely would try to cram too many activities into it. Well. . .this is easier said then done honey.

    ButI am hoping that when he says take one thing at a time. . .he is including these brownies in that. They look absolutely divine and. . .well. . .if they are they best brownies ever. . .I don’t think I can live another moment without them (and neither can my tummy. It’s totally growling for them).

    1. I think we pride ourselves in multitasking when the brain really doesn’t work that way. It’s so difficult to plan the right amount of “things” to do…too little, we get bored. Too much = stress! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me Lynn 🙂 They’re always a pleasure to read.

  9. For me it has really been waking up much earlier in the morning now, like 7 am, and reading at least for 45 minutes from my favorite book that I am reading at the moment. Then I get on my yoga mat and do some stretches! I then find myself all of a sudden doing productive things that I am completely unaware that I am doing, like cleaning up my room, and making the bed, organizing my closet, and cleaning the kitchen. And it like feels good! I am so happy I have started this routine, even though it has put a damper on my social life because I go to bed at 10 every night! But it is totally worth it. I also absolutely love your photography in this post Katy! This has got to be my favorite photoshoot you have done so far, just love how dark and ominous yet vibrant these brownies are!

    1. Thanks so much Linda! I agree that waking up earlier definitely help with being more organized, even if it makes me a little more sleepy!

  10. Oh. My. God! I never had a better brownie in my life!! They have the right amount of chocolate, and they’re fudgy and I followed your advice, I bake them yesterday evening and try them this afternoon, the smell got better and they taste amazing!

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