Friday, October 2, 2009

The Best Fudge Brownies Ever

I dare-say these are the best brownies you'll ever bake. Cut through the shiny, delicate top crust to reveal a deep-dark, super-moist brownie underneath, perfect with a glass of milk for dessert....or breakfast...whichever the case may be =)

1 c. butter
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt*
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. vanilla
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c. King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 c. chocolate chips
( I used half milk chocolate chips and half bittersweet 60% chocolate chips
and I added chopped pecans)

* Increase the salt to 1 tsp. if you use unsalted butter.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Heat mixture just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the butter and sugar a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating until smooth; then add the flour and chips (and nuts), beating until well combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the brownies for 28-30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out dry (though it make have a few crumbs clinging to it). The brownies should feel set both on the edges, and in the center. Remove them from the oven, then after 5 minutes loosen the edges with a tableknife; this helps prevent brownies from sinking in the center as they cool. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Yield: 2 dozen brownies


Larissa said...

I can't wait to make these! I have yet to find a brownie recipe that was as good as boxed! Yum!
Is it 1 1/4 C Dutch Cocoa? That sounds like a lot but Tablespoons don't sound like enough...
Thanks for posting this!!!

TnT said...

Opps, thanks Larissa for catching that! Yes, it is cups, not tablespoons. I am in love with these...I agree- I stopped attempting brownies from scratch a long time ago. Warning: have a gallon of ice cold milk nearby-- you're going to need it.

the mom~ said...

Oh my, they look wonderful!

Jamie and James said...

oooh! I'll have to try these soon. have everything available here except the dutch cocoa, but regular should work too, right? Thanks for sharing.