Recipes:Brownies on a Budget

It is 11 p.m and I just took out a batch of chocolate chip cookies from the oven, which Teenager 1 (she has been promoted since Prodigal Son became a teenager-Teenager 2)and her father continue to insult as being burnt. They are not, there is something wrong with the oven and it made the edges a little browner than usual. And the bottoms. Of the cookies.

I have a bipolar relationship with cooking. I blame it on the fact that no one on my mother’s side can cook, while my paternal aunts’ could cook Gordon Ramsey to shame.  Once my maternal aunt invited me and my kids to lunch. She served us boiled chickpeas and plain white boiled rice. We thought it was some sort of creepy joke. It wasn’t . I don’t know how we got that down our throats but Teenager 1 and I still go into hysterics at the memory of it.

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Luckily I cook well, I just can’t decide if I love to cook or I hate it. And it is a sore point which my husband and Teenager 1 love to torture me with. Yes sometimes things get burnt.

So here is the best recipe for brownies I have ever tried. No that has nothing to do with the chocolate chip cookies I just baked, I just get distracted. Did I tell you how much I love to eat? Which would explain the “love cooking” part of me.

These brownies don’t use fancy, expensive baking chocolate that takes forever to melt in the double boiler, which by the way I don’t own anyways. These are meant for mothers who are on a budget and have a nest full of hungry little vultures that need to be fed ASAP! I used all the cheap brands and the brownies still turn out really good. My brownie dish was for $3 from Dollarama. It is safer than the non-stick kind.

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Walmart Great Value and Food Basic Selection stuff. Just as good as gourmet for ravenous rascals. I used cooking oil instead of butter. Sue me.


1/2 cup four

1 cup white sugar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1/3 cups cocoa

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup walnuts

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F)

2. Mix oil and sugar, beat in the eggs.

3. Combine all the dry ingredients and fold egg mixture into this. Blend well, add the chopped walnuts and bake for about 20 minutes ( don’t forget to do the knife thingy just in case).

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Eggy Mixture with a fork drowned in it.

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Dry stuff in another bowl.

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Mix them together, then…

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Voila, perfect brownies that started disappearing immediately. My egg beater suffered a cardiac arrest a couple of months ago and this recipe doesn’t even need an egg beater. It is perfect for us destitute people. Or those who are just too lazy to go out and buy another egg beater.

I tripled the ingredients and cooked a bigger batch all the while my inner Sofia Vergara kept crying “I’m going to get so faat!” Too bad.


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