Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ultimate Brownies


I was watching the Martha Stewart Show and just happened to catch the episode where Matt Lewis from Baked  was showing how to make his Deep, Dark Brownies. I couldn't believe how easy it seemed or how good they looked. I had only ever made the box stuff but decided to give these a try. They turned out much better than the box stuff and almost just as easy so I have made this my go to recipe every time I have a brownie craving. I am not against buying the box stuff and if you must buy one Ghiradelli is the best. However, trust me when I say this is very easy and quite delish.

Ingredients

3/4 Cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (I use Droste)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter plus more for pan
3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
5 ounces semisweet chocolate finely chopped (I just use my favorite chips)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 semi sweet chocolate chips (optional but I always add them)

Directions

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. butter an 8 x 8 inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper and butter parchment.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large, heavy bottomed sauce pan combine butter and espresso. Place over low hear and stir until butter has melted. Add chocolate, and stir constantly until mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes. remove from heat, stir in both sugars until well combined.

4 Add eggs and vanilla and continue stirring until well incorporated and mixture no longer appears grainy. Sift flour mixture over batter and stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, if using.

5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan; smooth top with the back of wooden spoon or a spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 28 to 30 minutes. Be sure not to over bake. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 9 brownies.

I know it seems like a lot of work but once you do it you realize it really is easy. Of course it will never be as easy as pouring a mix in a bowl with a few ingredients but believe me it is not much more work. The best tip I have for these brownies and even the box stuff is to not over mix once you add the flour. Try these and let me know what your think.

31 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these look amazing! I have a sweet spot for brownies--especially homemade. :)

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  2. Oh, I want one. :) 'Brownies' is what I have to learn to bake (never baked my own). I tried boxed - they are too chewy and dense to my taste. In this recipe I would toss in some walnuts (that's what my Italian friend does - her brownies are superb).

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  3. ohhh I love brownies! by the way I tried your Guacamole recipe over the weekend and it was yummy!

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  4. they look delicious! I'm going to try your recipe!

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  5. I love making brownies. This recipe looks absolutely wonderful - relatively simple with lots of chocolate! Has been bookmarked for future yse - will let you know if I make them!

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    1. Please do let me know what you think once you make them.

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  6. these look great!! now i'm totally craving brownies!

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  7. These look great! Nothing beats a thick gooey brownie when you need a chocolate fix

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  8. Oh I have got to try these! They will cure my chocolate need for sure:) Thanks for the follow! I am so glad to have found your blog, I love to try new recipes:)

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  9. Good recipe to have handy. Mr. Hungry Couple is a big brownie fan and he does like the Ghiradelli best although I find them a little clawing. I like that this recipe has some espresso powder which tells me it won't so sticky sweet. Thanks.

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  10. The brownies look moist. Would love to give it a try =)

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  11. I admit I usually just buy Ghiradelli but this sounds good enough to try homemade!

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  12. Hi, It's really addictive tempting brownies..nice click...Thanks for sharing...

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  13. Oooh the Baked Brownies have been on my must make list for awhile...mmm :)

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  14. You could also use Pam - spray your pan, lay down your parchment, then spray again. It's what we taught students when I was a TA @ a culinary program. Super fast! These look great.

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    1. That is a great trick that I have done before. Thanks for coming by.

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  15. These look divine! Perfectly fudgy with that great flaky top :)

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  16. I'm loving this recipe!! I'm having another linky party going on right now. Would love for you to stop by and link up! Southern Sundays is at www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

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  17. Those look like the perfect brownies to me!

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  18. These brownies look perfect!!! Yum

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  19. These definitely look better than any box mix! Can't wait to try them =)

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  20. Wow .. amazing! I wish I could get my brownies to look like this all the time, absolute perfection.

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  21. Thanks for linking up this great recipe to Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again next week!

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  22. they look so chocolatey and decadent!

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  23. Hi Andrea,

    I'm addicted to brownies and to collecting brownies recipes. Definitely, I'm trying this one.

    I nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks for sharing your recipes! Such an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much Vanessa. That is very nice of you to nominate me. I have been sick and unable to blog for quite some time. I will head over to your blog now. Let me know what you think of the brownies.

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  24. Brownies are one of my favorite desserts!

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  25. These look beautiful. I'm trying to figure out what makes the tops of brownies crispy and shiny. Any ideas?

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    1. Honestly I can't tell you but I love the crust.

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