Being that I am a chocoholic like no other, I have tried a ton of brownie recipes. In my opinion, there are few things better than a warm brownie right out of the oven. I've written before how I love Ghirardelli brownies, so it makes it hard to want to spend extra time on homemade when they aren't going to taste as good as boxed. Well, the Baked brownies are the best brownies I have ever had. Move over Ghirardelli.
I've read rave reviews but also those that say the brownies aren't all they are cracked up to be. Sorry, but if you didn't like these you're crazy! Even fully cooked, when you take a bite the brownie melts in your mouth and almost returns to batter form. They also don't fall apart when cutting. I can't figure out how the Baked people managed this combo, but I'm perfectly ok with it. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them. These take a little more work than a lot of other brownie recipes, but I swear it is worth it. Enjoy!
The Baked Brownie
Recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Butter the sides and bottom of a 9x13 Pyrex baking pan
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and cocoa
- Put the chocolate, butter, and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally utnil the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth
- Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. Allow mixture to come to room temperature
- Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined.
- Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or brownies will be cakey.
- Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture and using a spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
- Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top
- Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through, until toothpick inserted comes out clean
- Let the brownies cool completely, then cut them into squares