Every year, one of my favourite parties to attend is our annual "soccer party." It's a group of family friends, really more like family now, who my siblings and I met through playing soccer as children. And every year, we ask Janine, one of our aunties my choice, to make Brownie Pizza. She obliges, but always laughs at our request and wonders why, since she says it's ultra easy to reproduce.
I've tried so many different recipes, but I keep coming back to one from Martha Stewart's Cookies (2008) book. You can tailor it to your own child's preference by adding butterscotch, white chocolate, or my personal favourite—mint chocolate—chips in place of the coarsely chopped chocolate. Every time, they produce the most decadently moist brownies with the wicked chewy edges and immaculately flaked top. Its the perfect brownie: not too sweet or too chocolate (not that I'd be a great judge of that).
Makes one medium-sized pan (I used a 12' Pizza Pan from Baker's Secret). I also didn't use a blender, just whipped my arms at top speed (Tracy Anderson would be proud, right?). But if you have one, you might as well use it.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
6 ounces coarsely chopped good-quality semisweet chocolate (or flavoured chips of your choice)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Candy of your choice for decorating (I used a mixture of M&Ms and Smarties in Christmas colours).
1/4 1cup cup(50 mL) (250 mL) butter, softened
1 1/4 5cup cups(300 mL) (1.25 L) sifted icing sugar2 1/2tbsp cup(25 mL) (125 mL) milk1/8 1/2tsp tsp(0.5 mL) (2 mL) pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 12' pizza pan or gently mist with cooking spray.
Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until butter and chocolate are melted. Let cool slightly.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; set aside.
Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale, about 4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture; beat until combined. Add flour mixture; beat, scraping down sides of bowl, until well incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes (my personal protest against all the super dry cakes out there) or a few minutes longer if you prefer them more dry.
Blend all icing ingredients and drizzle over immediately. Add more cocoa powder for a chocolate version. Go to town with the decorating!