Inspired by this post of Ray's, I offer to you this recipe for "women's services" brownies. You will like them unless you're allergic to chocolate or somewhat demented. Here is the inspiration for my recipe, which differs slightly from Rosie's. I bet it's worth a side excursion to Cambridge if you're ever in Boston, by the way.
First, make this recipe for hot fudge.
Now, melt two sticks of salted butter and four ounces of Baker's unsweetened chocolate (you can substitute this fine product if you like) in a 2-3 quart saucepan. Add 2 cups granulated sugar and remove from heat. Stir in 4 beaten eggs, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 cup flour, and 2 tbsp cocoa until well mixed. (feel free to add extra cocoa or 1/2 tsp cinnamon to make them extra good) Add 1 cup chopped nuts if desired, pour batter into buttered cast iron skillet, and bake 30-40 minutes at 370F--until knife or toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool and cover with hot fudge. Optional touches are mint leaves, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries. It's a true "women's service" that might help you have a happy Valentine's Day, or any other day that you might want to enjoy with your wife.
Dunno what you'd call it if you're a woman making them for your husband, but feel free to try the recipe.
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