Wwwwweeeeeeellll, doggies!!! I wouldn’t say this recipe from Taste of Home‘s 2011 special interest issue Brownies & Bars Recipe Cards ranks very high on my list of cooking successes–I’d give it about a five, which would be about a “meh”–
However, I digress. I promised some buddies at Facebook I’d write about the experience–I posted a note over there but nobody seems to have gotten the notification. Rapidly losing faith in FB communication. Anyway, here’s the recipe–and I hope WP doesn’t bust me for using it. (^_^)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 32 squares; I used two full packs & got two cups plus a bit left over)
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips (I used minis)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread into an 8″ square baking pan.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Dang, sweetened condensed milk is just plain nasty on its own, but combine it with this stuff and it contributes to one rich, tender brownie.
I’d never baked using baking powder before. Presumably, it was used in this recipe to give the graham crackers, in lieu of flour, a little lift. As I’ve been told baking powder used injudiciously can give things a bitter flavor, I was extremely careful to get exactly the right amount, right down to leveling it off with a knife.
Note to self: Self, next time you make these, invest in an 8 inch square baking pan first. While it can be made in a cake pan, the brownies turn out, in that size pan, roughly as thick as the front section of the Knobite Corner & environs Sunday newspaper. That is to say, about an eighth of an inch (and most of that advertising).
Having said which, the smell alone–a rich chocolatey one–is about all the advertising the brownies need. They are very tender, with just the right amount of chewiness. They are AWFULLY rich though–thanks to the condensed milk–so I wouldn’t advise eating a giant piece. An elegant little one inch square would be sufficient unless you’re feeling adventurous, suicidal, or both.
Despite small flaws, they got the Mom seal of approval. And next time, they’ll be better.
PS I worked off a considerable amount of aggression pounding those graham crackers into crumbs, using a gallon Ziplok (TM) bag & a rolling pin. By the time I got done, I was having much kinder thoughts about the world. 😀