Small batch, simple ingredients, no fuss; perfect for when you're craving brownies. Very rich and chocolatey. Makes 2 large, 4 medium, or 8 small brownies.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chunks or chips, optional
1/3 cup walnuts, optional
Preheat oven to 350.
In a bowl, stir sugar, egg, and oil until well combined. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and desired additions. Stir until smooth and pour into a greased bread loaf pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. It is not necessary for a toothpick to come out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
BTW, I recently got a hot tip from a friend. You know that vegetable oil you used to fry chicken, then saved? If you've ever been afraid to use it for baking brownies or cakes, don't be. It adds a slightly salty richness that can't be beat.