Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ultimate Fudgy Brownies

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

5oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3T Dutch processed cocoa powder
1-1/4c sugar
3 large eggs
2t vanilla extract
1/2t salt
1c all purpose flour

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with foil (to create a sling), and coat lightly with spray. Melt the chocolates, butter, and cocoa in the microwave, stirring often, 1-3 minutes. Let the mixture cool slightly.
2. Whisk the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt together in a large bowl until combined, about 15 sec. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour until no streaks remain.
3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted come out with a few crumbs attached, 35-40 min.
4. Let cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 hours.

WOW. These were fan-frickin'-tastic. When I cut into these brownies, they LOOKED like a piece of delicious fudge. They were heavenly. I put these in the refrigerator overnight, so they were fantastic with a short microwave time before eating. I wished for a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go on top; that would be the only thing that MIGHT make these any better, but I doubt it.

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