Brownies for Three ::: from Dessert for Two

dessert for two by christina lane
I had a revelation recently. It started with this book. Dessert for Two by Christina Lane.

See, I've been a fan of Christina's blog of the same name for years. I would think, man...I wish her blog had been around when I was a newlywed.

(I should also add that Christina is a displaced Texan, so I like to eat a Whataburger every now and again for her. I'm a good internet friend like that.)

brownies for two (or three!)
Once Christina's book arrived on my doorstep, it occurred to me: THIS is how I should be baking for my family of three! I don't have to be a newlywed to enjoy "Desserts for Two!" These portions are perfect for our little family!

(Don't even remind me that in 2.5 years, we will be empty nesters. Don't.)

brownies for two (or three!)
Besides scrumptious recipes, Dessert for Two is filled with ideas for small batch baking that had never dawned on me. Bake brownies in a loaf pan? Mini pies in mason jar lids? Hello....GENIUS!!!

Here's a peek of a few more goodies from inside the book to give you an idea:
dessert for two by christina lane

I decided my first recipe would be Brownies for Two. I mean, it is Lent and all...we're not eating meat on Fridays, so how about a brownie for lunch? Sounds about right to me.

brownies for two (or three!)
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Brownies for Two (or Three)

{from Dessert for Two}

4 TBSP unsalted butter, diced
1/2 cup + 1 TBSP sugar
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Line a 9x3x3" loaf pan with parchment paper.

In a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and cocoa powder. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds.

Stir the mixture very well, then add the salt and vanilla. Stir for 1 minutes to let the mixture cool down. Add the egg, and stir until it's incorporated.

Sprinkle in the flour, and then give the batter about 50 brisk strokes with a wooden spoon.

brownies for two (or three!)
Spread the batter evenly in the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 23 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should have moist crumbs. The surface of the brownies is shiny and dry when done, and will crack as it cools.

Let cool completely in the pan, then use the parchment to remove the brownies from the pan. Slice in half...or thirds...and serve.

Makes 2-3 generously-sized brownies.

brownies for two (or three!)
I highly, highly recommend Dessert for Two...whether you're newlyweds, single, empty nesters, a small family like ours, or just watching your portion sizes. You'll love it!

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