Monday, August 15, 2011

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies


It was my birthday over the weekend.

I made a transition. It was a minor transition, but still a noteworthy one. I sort of moved from mid-twenty to mid to late twenty. Blaaaaa.

Honestly, in my head, I'm still eighteen and I don't think I'll ever grow out of it. Sometimes I think I'm eight, but I can't carry that on forever..... It's hard to believe an eight-year-old can make the best brownies in the world.

But she can.

This week someone asked me over Twitter to direct her to my favourite brownie recipe and I realized that I haven't posted it on my blog. So this is it....

A thin shiny tissue-paper crust.

A moist, dense, chocolately center.

Chewy edge pieces if you're into that sort of thing.....

I've always been a 'center piece' kind of girl.


Everyone needs to know how to make brownies. If you know how to make brownies, then you know how to make people happy. It's easy, I promise.

Box mixes? What the heck are those? Throw them out.

I know there are people who refuse to eat brownies without that shiny wrinkly top. Well I have news for ya - I can guarantee you will achieve it with this recipe.

The secret? Beat the crap out of the eggs and sugar. I mean it. Use a stand mixer, a hand mixer or your own hand. Just beat it. Dissolved sugars play an important role here.

Want fudgy brownies? Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back? Come on....

Get that fudgy texture with lots of sugar, butter and a light hand. Fold in the flour just gently to prevent an elastic or bread-like texture and encourage a delicate melt-in-your mouth texture.

Now get on this. Brownies pretty much rule. So do you.


Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Makes 16 brownies

5 oz bittersweet chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped
6 tbsp butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each end.

In a large bowl over a pot with ½-inch of simmering water, stir together chocolate and butter until completely melted, smooth and glossy; set aside to cool about 3 minutes (you can also melt it in the microwave).

In separate small bowl, whisk together flour and salt. 

In a medium bowl, beat eggs with sugar using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer on high speed until pale, thick and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. When you lift up the beaters, the egg mixture will form a slowly disappearing ribbon on the surface of the mixture when it falls back into the bowl. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in cooled chocolate mixture until well blended. Add flour mixture and fold it in gently using a rubber spatula until well incorporated and smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and use the back of the spatula to smooth out the surface. 

Bake until slightly puffed but still moist in the center, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting into squares.

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49 comments:

  1. Thank you! ...and so glad that I incited the post! :) Will let you know how they turn out...

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    1. These brownies are Dangerous!! I have made them 3 times in the past three weeks hahaha

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  2. Beautiful brownies!

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  3. Makin' with the kids for mom. She'll surely love them.

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  4. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum.
    Brownies are possibly my favourite baked good. And your recipe looks perfect! :D

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  5. Omg! Best brownies ever! I have been searching and baking for years trying to get something close to what I had. I lost my recipe about 6 years ago. I am so pleased thank you very very much!!

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  6. Delightful! Brownies are always welcome in my kitchen, especially with bittersweet chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. LOL, you made me drool and belly laugh at the same time! Gonna make these today for sure.

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  8. Wow!!!!! Perfect Brownies!!!!!

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  9. thank you for the tipsy, definitely try it out one day!

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  10. so mouth watering... so scrumptious... looking forward to try it out. Love your photos.

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  11. Thanks for the tip on getting that perfect top. Beautiful!!

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  12. Pretty insightful. Thanks!

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  13. Nothing is better than a delicious gooey brownie!

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  14. Happy belated Birthday!!!1 These brownies look beautiful and so tasty!

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  15. Happy birthday! And mid-twenties, late-twenties, bah it's all so relative.
    I am totally a center piece kinda girl when it comes to brownies. Those look soooo good!

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  16. I am up for brownies anytime and these look especially tasty. Your picture really has me craving some, but I am sure they are all gone by now-Happy Birthday & have a great weekend.

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  17. I've been having some major chocolate cravings lately and these would be the perfect cure!

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  18. I tried your recipe and it was great and easy. They came out just like your picture. I will probably never use a box mix again.I wish more people would not just say how good your food looks; it would be nice to know how good it taste as well. Thank you.

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  19. Yummy these look absolutely perfect!! Great pictures! :)

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  20. Thanks for the science lesson in baking perfect brownies! I used the blender to beat the eggs and sugar and proudly achieved the chocolate paper top. Beautiful and delicious!

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  21. These look delicious. I love your explanation on how to get the top right. Lol!

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  22. oh those look amazingly delicious!!! congrats on top 9!

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  23. I hope you had a happy birthday last weekend! I'm on a brownie kick these days :-) Let me ask you--do you think that using oil would keep it even more moist? I ponder that in using oil instead of butter, you lose a certain flavor that the butter imparts. What do you think? Dude, I'm so making these tomorrow :-)

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  24. @Hester aka The Chef Doc For brownies, oil does not even compare to butter. I'd stick with 100% butter for these babies for flavour and texture. They're moist enough as is, I promise. Just keep an eye on the baking time. Cheers!

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  25. These look like the perfect brownie! I can't wait to try this recipe-thanks for sharing!

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  26. I've always wondered how to get that shiny crust! Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

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  27. Those brownies look flawless! My mouth is watering staring at them right now-- they truly look like the perfect brownies. Thanks for the recipe, I'll definitely be saving it for future.

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  28. Congrats on top 9. Wanted to pop by before it changes for the next day but was out all day. I have these bookmarked to try out.

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  29. Congrats on the top 9. Those brownies are incredible fudgey perfection.

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  30. These brownies look amazing! I love a nice fudgy brownie with that classic crinkled top! mmmm

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  31. Hehehe... I turn 42 at the end of next month and I am looking forward to it.

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  32. Thanks for sharing this brownie recipe. Mixed up a batch and their so so so yummy! Very similar to ones I used to make, but interestingly with different mixing method.
    :)

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  33. I need to make some goodies for the gang to eat before Saturday's football game...I think these beauties will fit the bill perfectly~

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  34. I'm so like going to try out this recipe ! thanks for sharing ! :)

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  35. I made these yesterday and they were yum! Nice gooey middle bit and crispy paper-like tops. I can highly recommend it :).

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  36. I made this recipe and added the spices from your other 'hot' brownie recipe, because I wanted to make sure I got the crispy top. And I did! So so so yummy. Thank you :)

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  37. I tried this recipe and I loved it! So simple, and the brownies were delicious with a gorgeous crinkled top. Thank you!

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  38. These turned out great! My boyfriend and I enjoyed them. Thanks!

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  39. I absolutely love your recipes, I first found your site while looking for a recipe to make the perfect cookie and your recipe was amazing!! Since then have made a number of goodies from your website and I really want to buy your book! I went onto amazon, but it says it's out of print due to limited availability. Please tell me, is there a way I can buy your book from somewhere? I am dying to have it! It's just amazing. Thank you so much for writing it and your blog. I really hope I can buy your cookbook.

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    1. Thanks Zoe! I'm so happy you're digging the sweets around here! My book will be available again by the end of today or tomorrow at the latest - I can't wait for you to bake away with it!

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  40. Hi! I'm making brownies for my sister's birthday in a few days, she loves gooey/chewy/moist brownies, and these look perfect! I'm excited to try them out. My only concern is I want to make a double batch - so a 13x9pan, would I just double the recipe and put it in for 40 minutes at 350F, or at a different temperature for less/more, or should I just make two batches of 8x8 pans? Also, curious - what does the parchment paper do, other than stop the brownies from sticking to the bottom of the pan?

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  41. Hi Christina, just wondering what the difference is between these brownies and http://www.christinamarsigliese.com/2012/05/deep-dark-chocolate-fudge-brownies.html these brownies and if there is a big difference, which one do you prefer/recommend even though I know they are both your recipes!

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