If you are craving chocolate, are up for a no-stress baking project and happen to have some marshmallows, chocolate chips, and nuts, how about a batch of Rocky Road Loaf Pan Brownies?
This is a recipe I’ve been baking in different forms and fashions for many years, but this latest rendition is probably the best so far. It’s adapted from the Glass Dish Brownies. I streamlined it a bit, halved it to fit a loaf pan and added the rocky road topping.
The brownies come out a little gooey at first, which you may or may not like. I’m not a fan of gooey brownies, so I let them cool for a while then freeze briefly to set the chocolate. Once set, the brownies are firm and easy to cut.Here’s the recipe. If you have some Teddy Grahams around, they are a nice addition! You may even want to use them instead of the nuts.
Update! The recipe doubles well, so I added some notes on how to double.
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon water
- 4 ½ oz chopped semisweet or chips (or bittersweet)
- 1 large, cold egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz) all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 scant teaspoon salt
- Another 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup marshmallows
- Handful of nuts (or Teddy Grahams)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with foil and grease foil (or use nonstick).
- In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine both sugars, the butter and water and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir well, then add chocolate chips and stir until the chips are melted. Microwave for another 15-30 seconds if needed to melt the chips. Stir until chips are melted and smooth. Chocolate will begin to thicken as you stir.
- Whisk to stir the cold egg into the chocolate, then stir in the vanilla until evenly blended, scraping sides of bowl well.
- Stir in the baking soda and salt, then add flour and stir until blended.
- Make sure the mixture isn’t so warm that it will melt the extra chips, then add about ¼ cup of chocolate chips (if desired). Spread evenly in the loaf pan.
- Bake for about 18 minutes on the center rack until brownies appear set.
- Immediately sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts over top of brownies and return to the oven for 3 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool for an hour, then chill or freeze long enough to set the chocolate. If you like gooey brownies, skip that step.
- Lift foil from pan and cut into 4 large bars or 8 squares.