Day 9: Make Fair Trade Brownies!
Chocolate bars aren’t the only thing that come Fair Trade. You can also buy Fair Trade cocoa and chocolate chips… and you’ll need them to make my brownie recipe, which is utterly delicious, quick and easy.
You will need:
• 1 cup of butter (melted)
• 2 ¼ cups of sugar
• 1 ¼ cups of Fair Trade cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
• 4 large eggs
• 1 ½ cups of flour
• 2 cups of Fair Trade chocolate chips
How to make it:
Preheat the oven 350 °F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch pan. In a saucepan, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to heat briefly- just till it’s hot, not bubbling- and it will become shiny looking as your stir it. Heating the butter and sugar a second time will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Add to the main bowl and fold in. Add the chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into a prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean or with a few crumbs. You can dust the top with powdered sugar, if you’d like. Cool completely before cutting and serving. Makes two dozen brownies.
Check back tomorrow for a guide on what to look for when shopping for chocolate…