August 11, 2010

Best Chocolate Brownies Ever

Ready for the richest, darkest, fudgiest brownies you will ever swoon over? These are not for the faint of heart. Mom, you'll loooove these and Dad will hate them, so invite someone over to help you devour them.

Rick Katz's Brownies for Julia
from Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Put a 9-inch square baking pan on a baking sheet.

Whisk the flour and salt together.

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, put the butter in the bowl and top with the chopped chocolate.  Stir frequently until the ingredients are just melted--you don't want them to get so hot that the butter separates.  Add 1 cup of the sugar and whisk gently just to incorporate it, then remove the bowl from the pan of water.  Stir in the vanilla and transfer the warm chocolate to a large bowl.

Put the remaining 1 cup sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer or a medium bowl and, using a whisk, stir in the eggs.  Switch to a rubber spatula and, little by little, add half of the sugar-egg mixture to the warm chocolate, stirring very gently but without stopping--you don't want the heat of the chocolate to cook the eggs.

With the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the remaining sugar and eggs on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes, or until they double in volume.  Using the spatula and a light touch, fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture, stopping just short of blending them in completely.  Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the batter and delicately fold them in, working only until the disappear.  Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the spatula.

Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the top looks dry.  Poke a thin knife in to the center and take a peek: the brownies should be only just set and still pretty gooey.  Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.  The brownies are fragile and best cut in the pan.  Cut eighteen 1/1/2 x 3 inch bars.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Wow that looks good. I wonder if I could get that on my diet.....