Simple Quintessential Cuisine

Decadent Brownies

There are some problems that only a really good brownie can fix. I’ve been on a cookbook buying spree and came across this recipe in “ad hoc at home”.  There are a lot of excellent brownie recipes out there but this one knocks it out of the park. They are thick, just shy of the consistency of fudge, and very chocolaty – sure to remedy any issue that only chocolate can cure.  Thomas Keller, et. al., really satisfy with this one, and their book is most definitely worth purchasing! 

¾ C flour
1 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp kosher salt
3 sticks unsalted butter cut into 1” pieces
3 large eggs
1 ¾ C sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
6 oz chocolate chips
Something to consider; the recipe calls for “alkalized” cocoa, and 61 to 64 percent chocolate pieces. I didn’t have that and used Hershey cocoa powder and chips. The recipe was still delicious.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift the dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl and set aside.  Place a small sauce pan over medium low heat and melt half the butter.  Pour into a large bowl and add the rest of the butter. Stir until all the butter is melted and it develops a creamy texture and is at room temperature.
Place the sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer.  Add your eggs and mix at medium speed using the paddle attachment for 3 minutes.  Pour in the vanilla and continue mixing for an additional minute. 
With the motor running begin adding the dry ingredients, followed by the butter 1/3 at a time, alternating as you go, then add the chips.
Next pour the batter into a 9” square pan. The author suggests using a silicone mold for best results. I did not have one so I lined the sides and bottom of my pan with parchment paper that I lightly sprayed with oil.  It made removal an absolute dream.  Bake for 45-55 minutes, or till a knife comes out clean after piercing. Be careful not to mistake the melted chips for lack of doneness. 
Cool for about 15 minutes then remove from the pan. Cut into squares and lightly dust with confectionery sugar if you so desire. 

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Alissa @ Not Just Apples says:

there's nothing quite like a good brownie!

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