Purchase Fair Trade
and Organic Ingredients for Your Triple Fudge Brownies.
The terms, free trade and fair trade sound a lot alike, but there is a vast difference in what they mean. Purchasing products sold in a free trade market may sound like a good deal, but many of the people growing, harvesting, processing and packaging things like bananas, coffee, cocoa beans and sugar are not free. According to CNN Freedom Project, the small farms along the Ivory Coast in West Africa, where 70 to 75 percent of the world`s cocoa beans are grown, use slave labor in the cacao fields that includes an estimated 200,000 children forced to work against their will.
Purchasing Fair Trade items is one way for compassionate consumers to ensure that field workers and others are paid a fair price, often above the market standard, for the work they do and the products they produce. It also helps to ensure that children are free to enjoy their childhoods rather than working the fields.
Fair Trade chocolate is often also organic chocolate and the large farms using slave labor cannot afford to follow the stringent requirements needed to earn the right to label their products, organic. Buying and using Fair Trade chocolate not only helps hardworking people in developing countries, but also supporting organic farming is good for the environment and the lack of pesticides and chemicals is good for your health and the health of your family.
So, treat your loved ones to Triple Fudge Brownies, a treat that is deliciously decadent while being globally guilt-free.
Triple Fudge Brownies
Ingredients: (all can be purchased organic and/or fair trade)
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat your oven to 350 F. with the rack set to one level below center.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the pan with enough parchment or aluminum foil to hang out over the long ends to make the brownies easier to remove from the pan, if you like.
Melt the bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Stir the chocolates and butter until all three are melted and smooth.
Whisk in the cocoa, stirring until it is completely incorporated. Set this mixture aside to cool down a bit.
Beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and salt until they are combined.
Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture with a wooden spoon until they are thoroughly blended.
Add the flour a bit at a time, beating it into the chocolate egg mixture until you have a smooth batter.
Fill the baking dish with the batter and smooth it into the corners with a rubber spatula. Bake the brownies for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife blade inserted into the middle comes out carrying a few moist crumbs but no obviously wet batter.
Now that you’ve started with the finest and fairest chocolate, you can bake your brownies in a Rangemaster, one the finest quality ovens in the world. They come in a variety of really fun colors!