I have told my husband not to buy me chocolate candy for Valentine's Day.
Sure, I love the thought, not to mention the taste (he knows how much I love buttercrunch!!!!!!).
But really, I need to NOT EAT candy for a variety of reasons including the number I see on the scale when I weigh myself each morning.
For Valentine's Day I am going to make brownies, which will be sufficient for the two of us to celebrate with a piece or two, then give the rest away to a friend of mine who loves sweets.
Then it will all be gone, we will have had a delicious, but calorie-limited Valentine's Day and that will be that until the next occasion.
Valentine's Day Chocolate Fudge BROWNIES
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8" square baking pan. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the top part of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. When the ingredients have melted, blend them thoroughly and remove the pan from the heat. Combine the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat them 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is thick and pale. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir this mixture into the chocolate mixture. Stir in the vanilla extract and nuts, if used. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool the brownies in the pan. Cut them into 16 squares.