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Lazy Degenerate Brownies

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Dark chocolate, caffeinated, alcoholic, salty, spicy, lazy, degenerate brownies...

Baking is so messy. Every time I bake I end up destroying my kitchen and then just sadly eat a cheesecake by myself standing over the sink, re evaluating my life choices. So when I do bake it is because I am in the throes of an all consuming sugar and chocolate craving. I usually turn to these brownies, because they are good for lazy people who do not wish to commit an afternoon but also don't want to put on pants and drive to the store either.

You make them in one pot, with one spatula, and bake in a pan that is clean when the brownies come out of it. Miraculous!

Today I thought ya know, I have a lot of other itches I need to scratch too. I'm addicted to sugar, I NEED my coffee, I eat too much salt, I'm crazy for spicey foods, I drink like a fish whose aquarium is filled with whisky, and I'm an alcoholic for chocolate. So why not put all these things in the brownies.

These are not sickly sweet one note brownies. These are serious, deep dark and fudgey. They are caffeinated, and therefore just ever slightly bitter from the coffee. The sriracha opens up your taste buds and lets you taste the darker secrets hidden in your chocolate. The salt balances the sugar nicely and the booze gives it a nice grown up flavour. You can add whatever else you like to them too, vanilla would be nice, maybe some marshmallows or Reese Pieces, dill pickle chips, or whatever your vice is.


Lazy Degenerate Brownies
Yield: 30 (1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch) brownies
Cost: < $10
Time: 15 minutes prep, approximately 30 minutes baking time
** some people commented that it took longer to bake than 30 minutes, so depending on your oven start testing the middle with a knife or cake skewer after 25 minutes


Hardware:

- medium sized pot
- spatula
- knife
- measuring cup
- 8x8 inch baking dish, preferably glass
** if you are not using a glass baking dish, you will need to line it with parchment paper

Software:

- 1 cup butter unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
- 2 cups unsweetened or semi sweet chocolate, chips or finely chopped
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 shot of whisky
- 1 tsp sriracha or  1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350°F.

Gather your tools and ingredients.

Butter your baking pan.

Brown the butter in a medium sauce pan. Take it off the heat.

Add your instant coffee and chopped chocolate to the pot and stir until it has melted and the coffee has dissolved.

Add your sugar, mix to melt into the mix a bit.

Add a few dashes of alcohol of your choice and a squeeze of sriracha.

Test the chocolate with your finger. It it needs more salt or booze or spice, add it now. If its not very warm anymore, you can add your eggs.

Sprinkle your flour and salt over top of the mix, and fold it in just until it's evenly blended.

Don't over mix, but make sure you are scraping the bottom and sides as you stir.

Pour the mix into the baking dish. Swirl the batter with the tip of your knife.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Let cool and cut.

 
 
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hammer98768 months ago
You also had me at "Lazy Degenerate." For the people who like to butter then pan and then dust it with flour (doesn't everyone do this?), dust it with powdered cocoa instead.
karalalala (author)  hammer98768 months ago
That is an ace tip! Thanks!
paganwonder8 months ago
I was hooked at lazy degenerate...I really like the simplicity of one pot-one pan...could probably do this camping in a Dutch oven!
karalalala (author)  paganwonder8 months ago
You should definitely do this in a dutch oven. That is actually genius!
I am definitely going to! I will once again be king of the Big Family Campout!
Jrown3 months ago

I saw the name of this recipe and was enticed...

... then I saw the maddening potential deliciousness that might await and knew I must make these. I'm going to try mine with Kraken black rum (my baby) and Sichaun pepper instead of siracha/cayenne. I'll let you know how they come out!

phoe7 months ago

Well, I had a go at making this, but had to convert the quantities into something we use in the UK first... apart from the stress of trying to figure out what I was doing even attempting cooking (I have a bad track record in the kitchen due to autism - if I don't cut or burn myself, I get into a panic attack)

I don't know if we got the quantities right, but it was still completely liquid after 20 minutes, so we kept giving it "another 5 minutes" until it must have had close to an hour's worth of cooking time - at which point testing the middle had just about stopped coming out moist.

I note that you said an 8"x8" baking dish, but we were using an 8"x10" tin, and the finished result still ended up being well over an inch deep, whereas I suspect a larger baking dish would have given us a better depth (about 3/4") and a much reduced cooking time.

Thanks for the sharing this 'structable anyway, it was the first thing in years that gave me a reason to risk cooking from scratch again :-)

karalalala (author)  phoe7 months ago

Hi Phoe! I'm really glad you gave it a go, but I'm really sorry it didn't turn out. That is a bum. Another person said that it took longer than expected, which I think I have figured is down to my oven running hotter than it should. I'll make a note of it in the cook time. It should have baked in less time though as you were using a bigger dish, weird! An inch deep should be all good. I was wondering if something in your conversion was off, but honestly it still would have baked into a brownie like object even if you put twice as much butter in. Or you oven was too low-- was it preheated? Maybe opening it to check was letting all the heat out and making it take longer... hm. Did you take a picture? I could diagnose it by seeing the crumb perhaps. The only thing to, is to do it again. Make more brownies!

echow57 months ago
Great recipe, and you're an incredibly talented writer! For some reason mine took closer to 45 minutes, but I think my oven might be wonky.
karalalala (author)  echow57 months ago
Thanks! And you know what, I think my oven is a bit wonky too. I just discovered it seems to run about 50 degrees higher than it should, so that could be a problem.

A cool way to see ho high or low your oven is working-- buy a package of Pilsbury biscuits and bake them to the exact instructions. If they take more time, its too high, less time it's too low. Those biscuits are like science!
mrietdijk8 months ago
Mmm I love it
frogmeetcog8 months ago
You had my full attention with "SriRacha, Whiskey and Brownies."
I shall give you a product review (I predict at least a solid 4/5) as soon as I muster the energy to bake these suckers.
riff raff8 months ago
Nice!
rockandroller8 months ago
Love this piece! (voted up)
I'm unlikely to actually go out and buy un-salted butter, but I imagine just using salted butter and omitting the salt should give roughly the same effect... :-)
karalalala (author)  rockandroller8 months ago
Yep. DO IT! Do it now, you wont regret it. Eat salty whiskey brownies warm from the pan covered in ice cream...
burdie8 months ago
loved your matter-of-fact to-the-point attitude
cracked me up
and your recipe is superb -all things i love, too
karalalala (author)  burdie8 months ago
Thank you, I hope you too get drunk on brownies!
jovino8 months ago
BROWNIES!
karalalala (author)  jovino8 months ago
BROWNIEEEEESSS!! Also lol.
cjmuis8 months ago
when does the sugar go in?

Also you can sprinkle choc chips(whatever flavour) on top (or chopped reeses??) as it come out of the oven and then cover with a cookie sheet or something to melt for a few minutes and then spread - additional lazy goodness.
karalalala (author)  cjmuis8 months ago
Oh! Nice catch. It goes in after the chocolate, thank you, I have added that bit to the instructions.
valkgurl8 months ago
You can cut brownies HOT if you use a PLASTIC KNIFE like you get at fast food places. Why metal will not work and just makes shredded chocolate is beyond me but plastic===works.

If you have any chocolate left you can drop pieces of chips; Reeses; Andes Mints or pretty much any other sort on top when you remove it from the oven and these will melt onto the top making an extra special icing. And don't for get CARAMEL.

But really--is the pan going to be placed BACK in the baking dish rotation WITHOUT washing it?

For transport----use a sheet of foil and place it over the BACK of the pan; mold it around the edges--this will work on any pan BTW---and carefully remove and insert into the pan. Butter or spray etc and fill n bake. Et voila---clean pan; party ready food.
karalalala (author)  valkgurl8 months ago
Mm good point.. but yeah.. Im pretty lazy.. I would probably just wipe off the crumbs with my hand and stick it back in the cupboard... heh heh heh... But if you want to do things like a reasonable, normal human being then your tips are awesome, thank you!
dvivster8 months ago
Wow this sounds so gooood! I am putting on some pants right now and heading to the store for some dark chocolate! I have eaten all the dark chocolate in the house. The no pants issue now makes sense huh?
karalalala (author)  dvivster8 months ago
I am honoured that someone would put their pants on for these brownies. I commend you!
pjordan38 months ago
Oh. YUMMMM!!! I cannot wait to try these!
jim11118 months ago
greetings from south africa - where your recipe has made a lot of people very happy!! please send your website address... thanks.
karalalala (author)  jim11118 months ago
Woah, my drunk brownies have gone international! Hello my South African friends! Also my website is in my profile, give it a click, but I dont have many recipes on it! Mostly just pictures of my breakfast and kittens..
chabias8 months ago
YUM! As I was reading the ingredients list, I found myself humming "these are a few of my favorite things".
bkelly10128 months ago
Wow, this is amazing, totally voting for u on this!
karalalala (author)  bkelly10128 months ago
Thank you, that is awesome of you!
wazzup1058 months ago
looks excellent !
karalalala (author)  wazzup1058 months ago
Thanks!
HeavyC8 months ago
I made these for my company Christmas party and they went down a treat. Texture was incredible! I added my own vice of a couple of boxes of reese's pieces. They weren't too sweet and I really liked how the the bitter coffee balances it out. Texture was incredible! I also used a little bit more hot sauce. And my glass dish did indeed come out nearly clean!
karalalala (author)  HeavyC8 months ago
Yeah Reese Pieces! So glad you liked them. I actually originally made a peanut butter icing for these that I was cover with reese pieces but just ate it all instead....