Thursday, November 18, 2010

Double Chocolate Brownies

I am definitely NOT a chocolate fan, but alas, the hubby and kid are.  I tried this recipe from Martha Stewart's "Best Chocoloate Recipes" section in Martha Stewart Living.  The results? Delicious (by those that partake in the eating of chcoloate!).  I've made the recipe a few times and experimented with the type of chocolate (from milk to dark) and the amount of sugar.  I have a link below to the original recipe and you can see my variation below.

Double Chocolate Brownies
Makes 9 large squares
Adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 6 ounces chopped chocolate (take your pick: bittersweet, milk or dark; the better the chocolate, the better the brownies)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar (add more if you like super sweet brownies)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a buttered 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, allowing 2 inches to hang over sides. Butter lining (excluding overhang); set pan aside.
  2. Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until butter and chocolate are melted. Let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; set aside.
  4. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale, about 4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture; beat until combined. Add flour mixture; beat, scraping down sides of bowl, until well incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, about 35 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out brownies; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

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