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Wednesday
Aug112010

Brownie Heaven: The Baked Brownie

Now, I don't like to talk in absolutes, but...

...without a doubt, there's definitely something wrong with you if you don't think that the Baked Brownie is the finest brownie of all.

I recently used it as the base for Mimosa Brownies, which were most excellent--but really, this is a brownie that doesn't need anything added--and for that reason, I'd like to take a few moments to celebrate the beauty that is the Baked brownie in its purest form.

This is a brownie which is fudgy and chewy but not too extreme in either direction. Each bite is redolent of chocolate, and every bite is indulgently delicious. They're perfect (but it's ok if you don't like the espresso--while I don't necessarily understand what your problem is, they still taste great without).

Here's the recipe. As you can see from the top photo, it's not only CakeSpy-beloved, but gnome-approved.

The Baked Brownie

As seen in Baked: New Frontiers in Baking  

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 11 ounces quality dark chocolate (60-72%), chopped coarsely
  • 8 ounces butter (2 sticks), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light colored metal pan 9x13x2 pan (I like to lay down a bit of parchment too, for easy removal from the pan).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, the salt, and cocoa powder.
  4. Configure a large sized double boiler. Place the chocolate, the butter, and the instant espresso powder in the bowl of the double boiler and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water of the double boiler and add both sugars. Whisk the sugars until completely combined and remove the bowl from the pan. Mixture should be room temperature.
  5. Add three eggs to the chocolate/butter mixture and whisk until just combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until just combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not over beat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
  6. Sprinkle the flour/cocoa/salt mix over the chocolate. Using a spatula (DO NOT USE A WHISK) fold the dry into the wet until there is just a trace amount of the flour/cocoa mix visible.
  7. Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth the top with your spatula. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes (rotate the pan half-way through baking) and check to make sure the brownies are completely done by sticking a toothpick into the center of the pan. The brownies are done when the toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  8. Cool the brownies completely before cutting and serving.

 

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Reader Comments (14)

I love brownies. Those ones look fantastic.

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterLexi

I don't understand - is there an UNbaked brownie? Because brownies are just awesome. :D

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August 11 | Unregistered CommenterWei-Wei

I absolutely LOVE everything from that baking book, especially the brownies! So yummy!!

August 11 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

Can you substitute the espresso powder for ground coffee beans? If not, where do you get your espresso powder?

August 12 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

I wholeheartedly agree. I have been looking for YEARS for a homemade brownie recipe that lives up to my Betty Crocker box mix (old habits die hard). And this is it. I have found MY recipe. I made them once with 99% chocolate and almost died of pleasure. Absolutely perfect.

August 12 | Unregistered Commentermegbmd

Dude if I knew you were making these I would have showed up at your house as soon as they were coming out of the oven - fork in hand.

August 12 | Unregistered Commenterjulie!

I have tried many many brownies in my time and this one os the winner for sure. It's a little extra work but TOTALLY worthwhile. I blogged about it myself a couple of months ago.

August 12 | Unregistered CommenterKaren@Mignardise

I baked them for a boy and these brownies got me laid! Your milage may vary, but I think they're magical.

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