October 26th, 2009

Welcome Home Baby! Phyllis’s Best Ever Brownies (Great for Halloween, Too!)

cardamom brownies

Anyone who’s had a baby knows the deal: family and friends get to experience the wonder of a new baby in exchange for FOOD! There was a plan in place for all immediate family to visit Oliver as soon after his birth as possible. My mama, who lives nearby, came to the birthing center and was in charge of food runs. The ChowPapa’s mom hopped on the first plane from Boston and was in charge of groceries and dinner the first few nights back home. And, once settled in, Nannie and Grandpa Alan took a train to Brooklyn with their food assignment in tow: my favorite brownies.

Nannie (aka Nan) is an awesome baker and, though it’s a tough call (her Congo bars are pretty amazing), her brownies are my favorite. They are a family recipe handed down from her mama, Phyllis, to which she adds cardamom (optional for you, essential for me). They are super easy: take about 10 minutes to prepare, 25-30 min. to bake. And I’m happy to share them with you, in honor of my new little brownie bite.

These are delicious anytime of day, anytime of year. BUT, since it’s almost Halloween, why not whip up a batch and use spooky cookie cutters to make special Halloween brownies!

Phyllis’s Cardamom Brownies
(can be served to kids 12+ mos)

1/4 lb organic butter (1 stick)
2 squares organic baking chocolate
1 c organic sugar
2 organic eggs
1/2 c organic flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp organic vanilla
a few sprinkles of organic cinnamon and/or cardamom  (optional)
1/4 c organic walnuts, chopped (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour an 8-inch square pan.

2. Melt butter and chocoate in double boiler; let mixture cool.

3. Cream sugar and eggs with mixer on low speed. Add flour, vanilla, salt and spices.

4. Add butter and chocolate, and mix in until everything is mushed together. Careful not to over beat. If using, stir in nuts.

5. Pour evenly into pan and bake 25-30 minutes.  Tester should come out clean when done. Let cool, cut, scarf down!

3 Responses

  1. You are so right about baby visits in exchange for food. If I ever do it again it will be a requirement at the door!

    And cardamom in brownies? Girl, you are my new best friend. And your Nan.

  2. stacie says:

    isn’t cardamom delicious–especially with chocolate?! i’m obsessed!

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