By Pearse O’Malley
Sticking to the theme of scaled-down recipes, the following is a recipe that makes just 4 brownies. This is ideal for anyone who wants a snack after school, but doesn’t want to make a whole batch that will inevitably go stale. All you will need are some basic ingredients, and 10 minutes to set aside to prepare the batter.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
½ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup M&M candies
Preheat the oven to 325ºF, and line and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, sugar and cocoa powder. Microwave for 30 seconds on high.
Stir, and microwave for another 30 seconds on high.Stir the mixture very well, and then add the salt and vanilla. Stir for 1 minute to cool the mixture.
Next, add in the egg, and stir until its incorporated.
Finally, add the flour, and stir until batter is completely mixed throughout.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle the M&Ms on top.
Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with fudge crumbs clinging to it. The surface of the brownies is shiny when done and starting to crack.
Let cool completely in the pan, and then lift out using the parchment paper. Slice in fours and serve.