I don’t always want to make a whole pan of brownies for just Jay and I, so I often make this recipe for the best brownies for two instead! It’s an easy homemade recipe that you make in a loaf pan; annnnd it’s just the right amount for a couple of people.
If you follow me on social media, you probably saw that last week I was in Portland, Oregon for a few days. I attended an incredible food blogger conference called Tastemaker! I’ve been to a few blog conferences in my day (…since I started blogging way back in 2009), but none that were specifically food blog related and none that were national. This was a really big deal!
I’ll just give you the Cliffs Notes version. The conference was AH-MAZING. I met and networked with a whole bunch of bloggers from all over this country and learned things I didn’t even know I didn’t know. I got to connect with some blogging friends I’ve only communicated with online and formed actual face-to-face friendships and business support chains.
To say that I came home changed would be an understatement. I came home inspired. I had not only a newfound respect for this ‘career choice’ of mine, but a rekindled fire for creative writing, which I had let almost completely burn out.
I’m so grateful for the lengthy conversation I had with someone I met at the conference who reminded me that it was my love of writing and storytelling that sent me on this blogging journey to begin with, and to ignore that and write only for SEO or ranking purposes was an utter waste. That, you guys, that, is the one thing I can’t quit thinking about. My voice…and, of course, my story.
While I also love creating and testing recipes as well as photographing them (I mean, have you met me?), it’s the sharing of stories that truly gives me my outlet. And it’s been missing. In the coming months, I hope I’m able to find a balance between being a resourceful recipe blog while putting more of myself into every post.
Now, can we talk about these brownies? Since I came home from Tastemaker ready to work, the first thing I did besides make some necessary updates to my blog, was get my butt back in the kitchen. One of my favorite not-necessiarily-brunch-recipes is this one for the best brownies for two. It’s homemade, it’s easy, and the brownies are literally some of the best I’ve ever eaten. And did I mention you make them in a loaf pan? They’re really the perfect size for just a couple of people, or even one VERY hungry one.
Tips for baking the best brownies for two:
- The way you mix up these brownies matters, greatly. Just trust me, I learned this the hard way – always follow the directions listed below.
- Lining the pan is also super important and will save your life when you try to remove the brownies out of the pan. Take the 3 minutes and line your loaf pan. Again, trust me here.
- The brownies will tell you when they’e done. I’m serious! They puff up slightly at the very end of the baking time, but the top will fall right around that 20 minute mark. If the top is flat, you can be assured they are probably done.
- Have the oven preheated and ready to go while you’re mixing everything up. You’ll want to get these brownies into the oven right away.
- Let the brownies cool, almost completely, before you lift them out and slice them up. These are a very fudgy brownie and if they’re too warm, they’ll be a huge mess when you try to cut them. Again, trust me here. #eagerbeaver
As I mentioned above, these are THE BEST brownies. First of all, they’re super-duper chocolatey; I blame the cocoa powder and the melted chocolate for this. They have a chewy, almost gooey center, which I quite like. And if you’re an edge person (raises hand), you’re in luck because every single brownie is either an edge or a corner! This creates the perfect blend of chew and crunch in each brownie. You’re going to love these.
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and set aside
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 TBS + 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted smooth
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Melt butter in a small dish in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, and baking powder.
- Add egg and vanilla and stir.
- Add melted butter and mix until smooth.
- Fold in melted chocolate and stir until just combined.
- Pour batter into a prepared loaf pan and bake for 20-22 minutes, rotating halfway through. Brownies will puff up slightly as they bake, but the top will fall when they are done.
- Allow brownies to cool in the pan for 15-30 minutes. Lift out of the pan, slice, and serve.
- Store brownies in an airtight container for 3-4 days or freeze.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 brownies Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 56mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 15g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
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