Can you eat just one piece of chocolate? My brother Jeff can. He eats one piece every day. He says it satisfies his craving, that he doesn’t need more than his little daily nibble.
This is quite a statement coming from someone who can’t hold back at all when it comes to bread.
But I am sure Jeff will be thrilled to know about this article, which speaks to the benefits of chocolate, specifically dark, bittersweet chocolate.
It sounds almost too good to be true. But, at least according to what I read here, there’s evidence that dark chocolate fights cancer, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. It has antioxidants and flavanoids that fight free radicals and may protect us from aging too quickly and from Alzheimer’s disease. And it also may help improve your vision.
Holy cow! Get me some of this stuff now!
My mother always said my brother Jeff was smart.
Of course the article does say not to overdo the chocolate thing. Be more like Jeff. Just a small portion each day.
So maybe just one piece of these brownies every day? (Freeze the leftovers)
Btw, these would be nice for Valentine’s Day. Or anytime, really.
Dark Chocolate Brownies
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
8 ounces unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts or semisweet chocolate chips, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the top part of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. Stir, remove the top part of the pan from the heat and let cool. Beat the eggs and sugar together in a mixer at medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is thick and pale. Add the chocolate mixture and vanilla extract and blend them in thoroughly. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, add to the batter and blend thoroughly. Fold in the nuts or chocolate chips, if used. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs clinging. Let cool and cut.
Makes 16-20 pieces