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

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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. bridget {bake at 350} on February 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    And, I subscribe through google reader.

  2. bridget {bake at 350} on February 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    And, I’m off to tweet… :)

  3. Heather F on February 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I love to add homemade cherry pie filling to any type of brownies.

  4. Heather F on February 17, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    And I subscribe via Google reader

  5. Katie @ goodLife {eats} on February 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I love these brownies

    http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2009/01/mmm-mmm-brownies.html

    it’s an old post and the pictures aren’t very good, but the recipe sure is!

  6. Katie @ goodLife {eats} on February 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

  7. Laura on February 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    To pick my favorite brownie is a hard one, I guess it would have to be this one.http://realmomkitchen.com/198/marshmallow-brownies/

  8. Laura on February 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    just became a fan on FB

  9. Laura on February 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    now following on twitter

  10. Maureen on February 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    My ultimate favorite is the recipe from the Barefoot contessa of the Outrageous Brownies. Oh so good. My mouth just waters just thinking of them.

  11. MaryPoppinsinHeels on February 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    This is a great post! I love King Author flours and always use their unbleached white flour.

    My favorite brownie recipe is Sugar (Putz) Brownies–I just wrote about them on my blog!

    http://marypoppinsinheels.blogspot.com/2010/02/sugar-putz-brownies.html

  12. Margaret on February 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Hi. I follow you on Twitter.

  13. Maureen on February 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I have subscribed via e-mail.

  14. Margaret on February 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook

  15. Amy I. on February 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    The Baked brownie is definitely my favorite brownie recipe. Awesome giveaway, thanks!

  16. Margaret on February 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I RT’d the giveaway on Twitter.

  17. Amy I. on February 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

  18. MaryPoppinsinHeels on February 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I already subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker.

  19. Amy I. on February 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    …and I subscribe in Google Reader :)

  20. MaryPoppinsinHeels on February 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter.

  21. Margaret on February 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I subscribe thur email

  22. KellyH on February 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t know if I have a favorite!! I love brownies. I do have a recipe for maple brownies that are different and delicious.

    Thanks!
    KellyH

  23. KellyH on February 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

    Thanks!
    KellyH

  24. Margaret on February 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I was always a Betty Crocker Brownie Mix girl until I learned to make my own from scratch. Dorie’s brownies are good.

  25. Mary on February 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe is a tweeked one out of Hershey’s Chocolate cookbook. It’s a failrly basic brownie recipe but I made them a little lighter by reducing the butter and using a Whey Low/stevia sugar mix. But then I counteracted that by added butterscotch chips :) They’re delicious! Fudgey, rich, and plenty of flavors!

  26. Margaret on February 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Oh, and these brownies look FANTASTIC. They may become my new favorites

  27. Meagan C. on February 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I love boxed brownie mix. I bake everything from scratch and act like I am too good for boxed mixes… except brownie mix. We take two boxes and bake it in one 9×13 pan. They come out so gooey and chocolaty! I also love KA’s white whole wheat flour and use it all the time!

  28. Sarah on February 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Hmm, would have to say my fave brownie is the one I made up for my recipe development class – it’s so rich but not super sweet!

  29. Brie on February 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    my favorite brownies to make from a box are the chocolate turtle brownies by Ghirardelli. they’re quick and i know exactly what they’ll taste like each time. i love king arthur flour, and they’re cookie recipes have never let me down! fabulous giveaway!

  30. Sarah on February 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I’m a FB fan and “Shared” your announcement!

  31. Brie on February 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    i am a follower on Twitter!

  32. courtney h. on February 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    i just made the recent issue of cook’s illustrated “best fudgy brownies” and wow, they were good!

  33. courtney h. on February 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    i also follow you using the rss feed

  34. Brie on February 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    i am a fan on Facebook!

  35. Sarah on February 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I’m a Twitter follower

  36. Sarah on February 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm
  37. Sarah L on February 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I’m hardcore craving your brownies! Those pictures! Mmm…

    My favorite brownie – I guess it could be considered a brownie – is made by Miles of Chocolate in Austin, TX.

  38. Sarah L on February 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    And I already follow you on Twitter :)

  39. Debbie on February 17, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I made some delicious Brownie Bites this weekend in a mini muffin pan. I put chocolate ganache on top of each “bite” & then sprinkled Valentine non-pareils. Everyone loved them! I’m also a big fan of KAF. In fact, two days ago I placed a large order that included a Thermapen. I can’t wait for the shipment to arrive!

  40. Amanda on February 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter brownies! A peanut butter crust of an egg, cup of PB and cup of sugar. Then I mix some chocolate chips and peanut chips into the brownie mix. Oh so rich, but oh so delicious!

  41. shoshana Ohriner on February 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I am not just saying this because it is this site, but my all time favorite brownie is the recipe you posted here a while back for Marshmallow Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies. Wow, those were dangerous to have in the house.

  42. shoshana Ohriner on February 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I follow you on twitter (I’m @couldntbeparve)

  43. Katrina on February 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I became a fan of yours on FB. I was already a fan in the blog world. ;)

  44. Katrina on February 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I already receive your blog posts via email.

  45. Katrina on February 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    My favorite brownies are my adaptation of Dorie’s Tribute to Katharine Hepburn brownies. I’ve actually adapted them with many mix-ins, but I love the simple recipe (and I always leave out the cinnamon and coffee.) Fabulous fudgy brownies every time! I love KA, too. And now I NEED to try these brownies!

  46. shoshana Ohriner on February 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    and am a facebook fan

  47. Kerstin on February 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    My favorite brownie recipe is one I developed and will be posting about soon – it involved chocolate and peanut butter – yum! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  48. Kerstin on February 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    And I subscribe to your blog, of course :)

  49. Dianna on February 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    These
    http://doublebatch.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/your-favorite-brownies/

    are my favorite! Nothing better than KAF’s fudgy brownies!

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