There is one recipe in the book that I looked at and perused many times over the past two years. However, I could never bring myself to do it. Even though the title of the recipe sounds delicious, as soon as I came across one ingredient in the recipe, I couldn’t do it. That ingredient is… mayonnaise. I strongly dislike mayo, except in tuna sandwiches and crab salad, where it belongs, and could not fathom doing a dessert with mayonnaise! It was against my core beliefs. Mayo, in a brownie? Why? Thankfully, one weekend I decided to be brave and thought that was enough of being so judgemental about mayo and I tried this recipe. Now I regret postponing it for two years! These brownies are fantastic. I don’t often eat brownies, but I am quite certain that I have never had such scrumptious, fudgy, chocolatey, dense-but-not-too-dense, rich brownies.
This recipe makes a lot of brownies, and that is a good thing because you will need it! I made this for a game night with friends and they were very much enjoyed and devoured. These would also be excellent with some nuts in them, such as walnuts or even pecans. What I particularly like about this recipe is that it is pretty much a one-pot recipe and does not generate many dirty dishes. Perfect! If you do or do not like mayo, does not matter. You must make these brownies – tonight. You will thank me, and Anna Olson, tomorrow.
- 4 oz (125 g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over the sides slightly.
- Place the chopped chocolate into a large bowl and pour the boiling water overtop. Let sit for one minute, then whisk to melt the chocolate.
- Whisk in the sugar, then add the mayonnaise and eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- With a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in the flour, cocoa and salt until evenly blended.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and mix well.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the brownies comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.