I am super excited to announce that Anna Olson’s show Bake has been renewed for another season! Also, I have been watching her videos on this great site called Grokker which is where I discovered this recipe for her chocolate brownies. When I saw her secret ingredient, I absolutely had to make them! It was so weird AND smart.
You are going to need unsweetened chocolate. I like to chop the chocolate on an angle with a bread knife.
The recipe calls for 4 oz of chocolate.
Wet ingredients: 2 cups sugar, ⅔ cup mayonnaise, 3 large room temperature eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Dry ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour, ½ cup sifted cocoa powder, ½ tsp salt and 1 cup chocolate chips.
Brownies need to come together fairly quickly and by hand so do your best to measure everything out, sift the cocoa… ahead of time.
Here is another part of the recipe that freaked me out. You pour 2/3 cup of boiling water on top of the chopped chocolate! Let sit for a minute and then whisk together. My brain had a hard time with this part, always trying to make sure to keep water away from chocolate.
While the chocolate was sitting with boiling water on top of it I stirred in the flour, cocoa powder and salt until evenly blended. Then I stirred in the chocolate chips.
Back to the melted chocolate: whisk in the sugar…
Then the mayo…
And then the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated. From there I added the dry ingredients.
Grease and line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper comes up the sides. Preheat oven to 350F and bake for 30 minutes.
Test with a toothpick right in the centre. Mine had a little chocolate on it but it was not gooey/liquidy. Perfect. Cool to room temperature.
See how the brownie is baked perfectly through?! Amazing!
This recipe makes a lot of brownies so I put half the batch in the freezer so we have been enjoying them for days and days.
You can not taste the mayonnaise but I have to admit, knowing it was in there kind of messed with my head so a little Nutella on top did the trick. A little hazelnut flavour and it took my mind off the mayo.
Next time I will skip the chocolate chips. I like my brownies to not have so much crunch but for the chocolate and texture fanatic, they are perfect.
Honestly, these are the most fool-proof brownies I have ever made. Brownies can be one of the hardest treats to bake and this was easy and fast. Not to mention, delicious!
Anna Olson, you continue to impress and inspire! I give this recipe five out of five wooden spoons.