It is said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. But
there is another saying. "The way to a woman's heart is through
chocolate." Too bad not many guys will read this page and make these
brownies. Making a batch of these quadruple chocolate symbols of
affection might just raise some guys in the esteem of their significant
others. Symbols of affection? Yes. The study of semiotics is the study
how we communicate through words, symbols, and even things.
example, if a young man gives a young woman a dozen red roses, that
means that he likes her. The communication is clear. Similarly, if a
young woman gives a young man some home made cookies, it means she
likes him. Now, suppose a woman invites her woman friend over for some
tea and serves her a nice, warm plate of Quadruple Chocolate Brownies.
That certainly signals a powerful desire for a deepening friendship.
(See, you already knew about semiotics.)
So go ahead. Say it with brownies. Just be sure to taste a few first.
You might need to eat several just to be sure they turned out all
right. If someone catches you eating most of the first batch, just say,
"I'm testing them," or rather, "Ahm tefftik dem" which is what you'll
sound like with your mouth full. After you swallow, though, you can
say, "Cook's privilege."
If some unthinking person asks, "Who told you it was cook's privilege?"
Just say, "Virtualteatime." Or maybe better, "Want one?" That usually
silences the critics.
But enough of this prologue. The sooner we get to the recipe, the
sooner we can make it and the sooner we can enjoy those chocolate,
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate brownies.
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
Butter and flour an 8-inch baking pan, brownie pan with dividers, or
heart shaped pans, different sizes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small, heavy saucepan melt the unsweetened and semi-sweet
chocolates and butter over low heat,
stirring until the mixture is smooth, and let the mixture cool
completely. Into a bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder,
and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, using an electrix mixer,
beat the eggs. While still beating, add the sugar, a little at a
time, and beat the mixture at high speed for three minutes, or
until thick and pale.
Add in the chocolate mixture and the vanilla
extract, and then add in
the flour and cocoa mixture, stirring until the mixture is blended
well. Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Pour
the batter into the baking pan, smoothing the top. Bake the
brownies for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Let the brownies
in the pan before cutting.
Okay, so we don't really expect you to let the brownies cool completely
before you have at them. We know you'll dig out a couple before they
solidify and pour the warm, gooey, crumbly quadruple chocolate ecstasy
into your mouth. Mmm. I can taste those little bits of wonderfulness
When you eat these with a friend, take a few minutes to reflect on how
blessed you are that all this chocolate goodness is so easily
available, and at such reasonable prices. In 17th century Europe,
only the really rich could afford chocolate. Might be a good idea to
say a prayer of thanks to God for this blessing--which is emblematic of
a million other blessings we take for granted. For example, when was
the last time you thanked the Lord for a safe water supply or a heated
house? Or the friend you're going to invite over to share in this happy
Other recipes of note
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
Very Raspberry Very Merry Coffee Cake
Spinach and Bacon Quiche
Lemon Cupcake Surprise
Quadruple Chocolate Brownies
Intensely Lemon Cookies
Macaroni and Cheese Supreme
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