Friday, December 28, 2012

Homemade cocoa powder brownies with praline topping

Yummy!! One word to describe these brownies! My dad is quite the picky eater and rated these a 10 on his scale.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
1t vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4t baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 
Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. 
In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Stop mixer and add in flour, turn mixer onto slow and then add in baking powder in bits to ensure that it is combined throughout. Add in cocoa, gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended.  Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. 
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. 

Praline Topping: by the way super quick and super easy. I topped the brownies after they cooled for about 10 minutes which made the topping easy to spread. You can make the topping ahead of time and spread when ready, it is quite pliable. 
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar packed
1T vanilla
2T water
2 cups confectioners sugar

In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium low heat, add in brown sugar and stir until bubbly. Turn off heat and add in vanilla and water, the mixture will thicken quite a bit, add in 1 cup of sugar and stir with wisk until blended, add in 2nd cup and blend again. 
Easy Peasy!!

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