So I began to watch for a cornbread skillet at estate sales, junk stores and thrift shops. Months passed. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And then last Friday I stepped into the kitchen of an estate sale I had judged as "meh" by the photos and there it was, just waiting for me, and sporting a six dollar price tag (on 25% off day, no less). I shoved the woman in front of me out of the way and grabbed it. Sorry, Mom.
I'm cheating a little here and not using one of my cookbooks, but this is my favorite brownie recipe. It makes a dense, fudge-like brownie, not a cakey brownie. I've been making them for years, so long that I'm not sure where the recipe originally came from.
These always seem to take the long amount of baking time for me, but you should probably start checking at the early time. These should be dense and moist and overbaking them is not a good thing. I take them out when I feel some resistance when I touch the top, but before they would be considered firm. They will continue to cook for a bit in the pan.
|Nothing but edge pieces, baby!|
Fudge Brownies in a Cornbread Skillet (Printable recipe)
- 1/2 Cup melted butter
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 Teaspoon salt
- 1/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons flour
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a small piece of butter in each of the skillet wedges. Place skillet in the oven to melt the butter. When melted, swirl skillet around to grease each section.
In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs and beat until the mixture is fluffy and emulsified. Add the salt, cocoa and vanilla. Stir well. Add the flour and stir just until flour is incorporated. Spoon the batter into each section of the greased pan and spread to the edges. Bake at 350° for 15 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 20 to 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each section, then invert onto a plate.
To make a 9x13" pan of brownies, double the ingredients and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.
*Farm Boy was kind enough to point out that I simply need to get two of the pans!