Buttermilk brownies

Better Homes and Gardens

Makes: 24 brownies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 recipe Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting (see recipe below)
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 tablespoons buttermilk or sour milk
    • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15x10x1-inch or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan combine water, butter, and cocoa powder. Bring mixture just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

Bake about 25 minutes for the 15x10x1-inch pan, about 35 minutes for the 13x9x2-inch pan, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Pour warm Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting (directions: In a medium saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder, and buttermilk. Bring mixture to boiling. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. If desired, stir in pecans.) over the warm brownies, spreading evenly. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 24 brownies.

From the test kitchen:

  • Note To make 1 cup sour milk, place 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid; stir. Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using. Use 1/2 cup sour milk in the brownies and 3 tablespoons sour milk in the frosting. Discard remaining sour milk. Or reconstitute dry buttermilk by following the directions on the powdered buttermilk container.
*Chef’s note: OK, BHG. These are totally not brownies. But, this CAKE is totally delicious. (Despite what my poor pictures may otherwise convey.) Moist, and definitely a hit for those of you who like DARK chocolate. I was happy with how nicely the flavor turned out having used just cocoa powder and no melted chocolate. Mmmm. Obviously, this chocolate CAKE is even further enhanced by vanilla ice cream.
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