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I was in a baking mood the other day and decided to try one of The Pioneer Woman’s decadent looking dessert recipes.  Brownies are one of my favorite sweet treats, but I am not the best at making them.  These looked pretty full proof so I decided to give it a go.  How can you go wrong with all of that butter and chocolate? Mmmmm, I wish I had one right now!

The Pioneer Woman Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies 1

1 cup unsalted butter

5 oz. baking chocolate (I used a combo of both unsweetened and semi-sweet.)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups granulated sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

3 whole large eggs

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.  In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the baking chocolate over low meat, whisking occasionally until smooth and melted.  Sprinkle in the cocoa powder and whisk to combine.  Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.

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Stir in the sugar and vanilla until just combined.  Stir in one egg at a time.  Gently stir in the flour until halfway incorporated then add the chips.  Gently finish stirring in the flour and chips.

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Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  If the center of the brownies are still too gooey or messy, bake for another 5 minutes but don’t over cook the edges.  The brownies will firm up as they cool.  Allow to cool completely (important), then slice and enjoy!!!
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The Pioneer Woman Deep Dark Chocolate Brownies 2

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I first read this recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s spin-off website Tasty Kitchen, of which I am a member.  Don’t look for my recipes though because I haven’t had time to put any on there.  I know, shame on me. There are just too many things that I want to do and not enough time to do them.  Forgive me!

Murphy’s is a joint in Pioneer Woman’s hometown and the Hot Hamburger was their specialty.  I had read this recipe many times and always thought, “Hey, I need to make that.”  I finally did and it was a big hit!

This is definitely comfort food and not diet food, but it is really really good!  I served this just like the recipe with a piece of white bread on the bottom with the burger and fries on top of that and the gravy covering everything.  Yum-o!!!

1 pound Ground Beef

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1 Tablespoon Onion Powder

1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt

5 Tablespoons Flour

28 oz. Beef Broth

5 whole Large Potatoes

1 Tablespoon Oil, Or As Needed (I used olive oil.)

Salt And Pepper, to taste

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Slice potatoes into fries. Place on a large baking sheet. Pour about 1 tablespoon of oil over the fries and toss with fingers to coat evenly. Sprinkle fries with seasoning of choice. I use seasoned salt. Place in the oven. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until golden and crispy. (I covered my baking sheet with foil and then sprayed it with non-stick spray.)

I used my handy-dandy fry cutter and I noticed on Tasty Kitchen that The Pioneer Woman has one just like it.  Great minds think alike!! Ha, ha!

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In a mixing bowl, mix hamburger, garlic, seasoned salt, onion powder and salt and pepper. Mix well with hands. Form 4 large patties. I like to make really rustic, greasy diner-style patties with no uniform shape. Place in a large preheated skillet over medium heat, preferably one with deep sides. Brown burgers on each side until done.

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Remove burgers from the skillet and place on a plate covered in paper towels. Do not drain the grease. Add the flour a tablespoon at a time, stirring with a whisk. You have enough when the grease is all absorbed and the flour mixture gets thick and bubbly. Slowly add the broth a little at a time, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken. (Note: These are the original instructions.  I used very lean beef and had next to no grease so I poured in just a tiny bit of vegetable oil to help with that, probably no more than a teaspoon.  I also had to scrape up a little of the black stuff left in the pan.  There was a little too much of that and not enough grease.) Season the gravy with a little salt and pepper.

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To serve, place an ample amount of fries on the plate. Place a hamburger on top of the fries and cover it all amply in gravy.

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Please join me at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage for Full Plate Thursday.

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