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Secret Ingredient Brownies

I think you all are very well aware that I absolutely adore all things butter, sugar and chocolate. You may also have noticed that there aren’t healthy substitutes on this site, such as butter substitutes, using applesauce in place of oil, or Splenda instead of sugar. There is a very good reason for that – I simply don’t believe in it! I believe in the pure enjoyment of delicious desserts made from natural, high-quality ingredients that bring out the best flavors in a dessert. I’ve been asked how it’s possible that I’m not severely overweight since I do so much baking and run this website. Well, another thing I believe in is moderation. It all boils down to this – if you want to eat dessert, I believe you should eat the best dessert you can afford, health-wise. Whether it be a luxurious piece of dark chocolate, a chocolate chip cookie or a piece of cheesecake. If I’m craving chocolate, a fat-free, sugar-free pudding cup probably isn’t going to cut it, but a 1-ounce piece of smooth chocolate very likely will. Where am I going with this? While my philosophy is not to bow to substitutes to make yourself feel better about eating dessert, I don’t necessarily eschew making things that are naturally good for you either.

So, what is the secret ingredient in these brownies? White whole wheat flour.

How am I not a hypocrite? Using white whole wheat flour is an attempt add something to the diet (whole grain) as opposed to taking things away and replacing them with lower-quality ingredients that can compromise the final product.

You may have heard me mention from time to time the various ingredients and equipment that I purchase from King Arthur Flour. I am a big fan of the company and have always had positive experiences with their service and products. As a result, I wanted to share a bit of King Arthur Flour with all of you. I contacted a very nice lady there who was thrilled to share some King Arthur goodies with Brown Eyed Baker readers. She mentioned that the most popular products right now are the white whole wheat flour and their new cookbook, Whole Grain Baking. She offered me an opportunity to try both and to give away one of each to a lucky reader!

Now you know I would never promote a product or even a recipe that I wasn’t fully in love with, so after spending a lot of time reading through the cookbook, I decided to give these brownies a try. Full disclosure here – I was admittedly nervous. I really don’t do wheat anything (big shock, right?). If wheat bread is the only type in the house I might eat a sandwich on it. But it can’t be heavy, it has to be a light bread. And I really won’t like it, I’ll just force it down so I don’t pass out from hunger. Imagine my shock when I took these brownies out of the oven, let them cool for a bit and then tasted them – they were absolutely wonderful! The recipe suggests letting these sit overnight before cutting and eating them, as this gives the bran in the wheat time to relax and “meld” into the other flavors so that it’s not noticeable. Well, no one I know ever makes brownies with the intention of waiting until the next day to eat them. Brownies are usually an “I’m craving it NOW!” type of food and waiting until tomorrow just won’t cut it. So, I took one for the team and ate one as soon as they were cool enough to cut. They have a great texture (think thick and fudgy), a fantastically deep chocolate flavor, and the characteristic shiny crisp top layer. And as a bonus – they didn’t have a hint of wheat flavor.

Now that you have a better-for-you brownie recipe, let’s get on with the giveaway!

Prizes

One (1) copy of Whole Grain Baking
One (1) 5-lb. bag of King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat Flour

Entry Requirements


How to Enter
: Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite brownie. A great homemade recipe, Ghiradelli box mix, the bakery around the corner? No matter where they come from, I just want to hear about brownies! :)

Required: You must include your email address in the comment form. I will need it to contact you should you win.

Deadline: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:59pm EST

Extra Entries

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The Fine Print

No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be selected at random by Brown Eyed Baker using Random.org. All entries received after the Giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Giveaway has been sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

GOOD LUCK!

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Whole Grain Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups (15 ounces) light brown sugar, firmly packed
¾ cup (2¼ ounces) Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1½ cups (6¼ ounces) white whole wheat flour
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch pan.

2. In a large bowl combine the melted butter and brown sugar and stir to combine. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and heat to between 110 and 120 degrees F - hot but not bubbling. Remove from the heat.

3. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder and vanilla. Add the eggs, stirring after each until smooth. Add the flour and chocolate chips, again stirring until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

4. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester or sharp knife inserted into the center comes out with wet crumbs, but not raw batter. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack.

(Adapted from King Arthur Flour)

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  1. Erica on February 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I’m now a Facebook fan!

  2. jeska on February 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Mmm…My favorite brownie recipe is Tamami’s Luxury Brownie recipe from cocoandme.com. It’s really dark chocolately, rich and flavorful.

  3. Magda on February 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I love the KAF recipes but I also love the one from a kids cookbook we used growing up (Disgustingly Rich Brownies)– from the cookbook with the bears on the front!

  4. Taylor on February 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I am a facebook fan :)

  5. Christie on February 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    My favorite brownie so far is Ina Garten’s peanut butter brownies! So yummy! And, I am now an RSS subscriber.

    p.s. I love your philosphy on baking! I have never understood the concept of “healthy” baking!

  6. Laura on February 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe is one that I found in a kid’s cookbook I got for Christmas one year when I was little. Great brownie!

  7. Winnie on February 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe is one that I can recite pretty much forward and back. I’m not really one to add cocoa powder, however. I’m more of a pure chocolate gal.

  8. Janetta on February 26, 2010 at 2:31 am

    My favourite brownie recipe is vegan, extra chocolate-y and uses apple sauce for most of the oil. This makes a super moist brownie. Plus, it’s a bit healthier as apple sauce is already quite sweet, we don’t need to add as much sugar. :)

  9. snowpeech on February 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

    My favorite brownies that I’ve eaten were 3-layer: topped with crispy rice/pb/chocolate layer and marshmallow fluff. But when it comes to baking brownies, I’m totally lazy and use a box mix.
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  10. Helen Ng on February 26, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Ghiradelli’s mix that I get from Costco is amazing!

  11. Nicolette on March 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I’ve never made homemade brownies becuase the Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate brownie mix from CostCo is AMAZING! (They only sell double chocolate at my local grocery store.) I want to try this recipe though!

  12. Linn @ Swedish home cooking on March 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Boxed brownies are actually really good sometimes. Home made stuff is awesome too! Like my Swedish Cupcakes that I’m making in the latest episode of my cooking show.

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