Chocolate-Buttermilk Brownies

This chocolaty dessert--known to some as Texas Sheet Cake and/or Chocolate-Buttermilk Sheet Cake-- has a rich and decadent flavor.



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Servings: 24
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    2   cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    2   cups 
    sugar
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    1   teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1   cup 
    butter
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    1/3  cup 
    unsweetened cocoa powder
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    2   
    eggs
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    1/2  cup 
    buttermilk or sour milk (see tip,below)
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    vanilla
Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting
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    butter or margarine
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    3   tablespoons 
    unsweetened cocoa powder
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    3   tablespoons 
    buttremilk
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    2 1/4  cups 
    powdered sugar
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    3/4  cup 
    coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (optional)


Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15x10x1-inch or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2.
In a medium saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder, and 1 cup water. Bring mixture just to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add the cocoa mixture to flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin). Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3.
Bake for about 25 minutes for the 15x10x1-inch pan, 35 minutes for the 13x9x2-inch pan, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
4.
Pour warm Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting over brownies, spreading evenly. Cool in pan on wire rack 1 hour. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars
Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting
1.
In a medium saucepan combine butter or margarine, cocoa powder, and buttermilk. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in pecans, if desired.

Variation
  • Chocolate-Cinnamon-Buttermilk Brownies: Prepare as above, except add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the flour mixture.
Tip
  • To make sour milk, place 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1/2 cup; stir. Let stand 5 minutes before using.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 244, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 45, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 35, Monosaturated fat (g) 4, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, fiber (g) 0, sugar (g) 25, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (RE) 0, vit. A (IU) 388.72, vit. C (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0.09, Riboflavin (mg) 0.1, Niacin (mg) 0.79, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.02, Folate (g) 4.03, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.06, sodium (mg) 193, Potassium (mg) 31, calcium (mg) 40.39, iron (mg) 0.9, Other Carb () 2, Fat () 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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