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Old 04-22-2011, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default Help with cyphering and thinking. Greatest Chocolate brownie recipe.

Hi all!
OK so I have a problem. I don't think I need a rocket scientist but I may. I need some math help or just figuring help.
The problem:
It now costs $10 for a box of baking chocolate that has 8 one ounce squares in it. I know from back in the days when I remembered that I could substitute cocoa for chocolate squares. I didn't write it down and forgot now.
I found a web site giving the info on how to do it and the calculations. Of course I want ounces and it gives in grams. A couple of years ago I'd just figure it all out. But it is now beyond my keen as Granddad would say. So if someone can figure for me how much cocoa and butter to put into the recipe I need 8 squares of bittersweet chocolate. I'd be grateful. Also, the amounts for one ounce for future use. Should I use the Dutch-Processed or Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa Powder?
No baking soda in the recipe. I thought I'd just put the cocoa into the butter I melt and that can be the hot liquid. Ingredients in the recipe are butter, eggs, chocolate, vanilla, sugar. Oh yes 1 1/2 cup flour. So the eggs do all the lifting.

http://www.joyofbaking.com/cocoa.html
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:37 AM   #2
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For 1 oz square, substitute 3 TBSP cocoa and 1 TBSP butter. So, for 8 oz, that would be 24 TBSP (or 1.5 C) cocoa and 8 TBSP butter (or .5 C).

Sounds like we use the same brownie recipe. Yummm!!! Mine comes from the Better Homes and Gardens recipe book I got as a wedding gift in 1974.
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For 1 oz square, substitute 3 TBSP cocoa and 1 TBSP butter. So, for 8 oz, that would be 24 TBSP (or 1.5 C) cocoa and 8 TBSP butter (or .5 C).

Sounds like we use the same brownie recipe. Yummm!!! Mine comes from the Better Homes and Gardens recipe book I got as a wedding gift in 1974.
Thanks a really big bunch rootdiggr.

My recipe was on the inside part of the bakers unsweetened chocolate from about the same time period as your cook book. I still have it in my recipe box and poor DH gets terrible chocolate withdrawal after he is off of them.
He has been searching for my baking chocolate chips that I have hidden and I won't talk. Mainly because I have a small case of them and I don't recall where I hid them.
I have a bit of cocoa put by but at the fear of rising prices I just ordered a pound of the above mentioned. It is at Amazon and it is $15 for organic etc etc cocoa. At 1 1/2 cup per it won't last long.

But store bought isn't going to happen. They finally prices themselves out of DH's market. He did not buy cookies at $5 a pkg in the store. I told him the brownies are easier for me than making cookies. Also the hens are all laying right now and at the time of year eggs are us. The recipe uses 6 eggs at a time. It makes a really big pan of brownies and he can eat his way through it in about 5 days.
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Soooo How did they turn out? Are we going to see this wonderful recipe (with the substitution noted) in the kitchen?

I can't remember if I posted my grandmother's cake recipes for an angel food type of cake and a yellow pound cake that used lots of eggs. She would make them and sell them right along with her fresh eggs. Sure helped take care of the extras.
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As soon as I am up to it I'll type it out and post it on here. How's that?

I haven't made it yet maybe today or another day. I'm not as fast as I use to be.
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