Yes, I do buy too much chocolate, and throwing it out doesn’t appeal to my frugal sensibilities, so I created this recipe.
OLD CHOCOLATE BAR BROWNIES
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the middle.
Line a 9″ square metal pan with foil, and grease the foil.
Three 3-3.25 oz chocolate bars chopped into little pieces (You might want to keep to a theme here: choose bars with flavors that harmonize.)
In a small bowl mix:
1 cup flour (whole wheat pastry flour, or a mixture of barley and finely milled spelt flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
In a 2 quart saucepan mix the following over low heat, stirring :
Two of the chopped chocolate bars
1 TBSP butter
4 TBSP olive oil, or you can use all butter, if you prefer
When melted, cool for three minutes off the stove.
To the melted chocolate mixture add and beat in:
2 extra large eggs
1 tsp vanilla (You may also add a TBSP of some liqueur whose flavor would marry well with the chocolate you have chosen.)
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
Add the flour mixture to this. Stir until all combined.
Add remaining cut up chocolate and stir to distribute.
If you like nuts I suggest putting them on the top of the batter and pushing them in a little bit with the back of a spoon. That way, they get toasted as the brownies bake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 21-25 minutes. If a tester inserted about two incles from the rim comes out with crumbs clinging to it you will have fudge-like brownies. If you want cake-textured ones just bake until the tester comes out clean when inserted in the center of the pan.