Best-Ever Brownies #TuesdayswithDorie

This recipe for the Best-Ever Brownies turned out a batch of gooey, fudgy, irresistible brownies. From the cookbook, Baking with Julia, if these aren’t the absolute best, they’re darn close!

Did I need another brownie recipe on my blog? I checked the labels over on the right-hand column of this site–43 recipes tagged “brownies.” Wow. Could these be any better or any different than the other 42 I’ve tried? Why, yes, these are special. And they do stand out among the scads of brownie recipes out there.
Best-Ever Brownies | A Rick Katz Recipe from Baking with Julia
First of all, there is a step I’ve never encountered in a brownie recipe. The eggs are mixed with the sugar, then half is added to the chocolate. The other half of the egg mixture is whipped till light, fluffy and doubled in volume. This is folded into the batter, followed by the flour. The brownies are baked so that the middle is slightly underdone, which makes them extremely fudgy and irresistible. The only tweak I made was to replace the bittersweet chocolate with semisweet. 
 
This week’s Tuesday’s with Dorie hostess is Monica of A Beautiful Mess. The recipe can be found on her blog. Others in the group had trouble with the baking time…I baked mine in a metal pan and added 5 minutes to the cooking time…just over 30 minutes. Much longer than that will change the texture of the finished brownies. Bill was thrilled with these, as was my book club when I hosted this month. I was immediately asked for the recipe. When I mentioned their name, Best-Ever Brownies, I got nods of agreement. These are a MUST try for you folks who prefer fudgy over cake-like brownies.

Best-Ever Brownies
 
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Terrific fudgy brownies from Baking with Julia by baker, Rick Katz
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Recipe type: Dessert, Brownies
Serves: 16 brownies
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Sift the flour and salt together and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently and keeping a watchful eye on the pot to make certain the chocolate does not scorch. Add 1 cup of the sugar to the mixture and stir for half a minute, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Put the remaining 1 cup sugar and the eggs into the bowl of a mixer and whisk by hand just to combine. Slowly, pour half the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture, stirring gently but constantly with a rubber spatula so that the eggs don't set from the heat. Fit the whisk attachment to the mixer and whip the remaining sugar and eggs until they are pale, thick, and doubled in volume, about 3 minutes. Using the rubber spatula, delicately fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture. When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, gently fold in the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour and scrape the batter into an unbuttered 9-inch square glass or ceramic pan. Bake the brownies for 25-28 minutes, during which time they will rise a little and the top will turn dark and dry. Cut into the center at about the 23-minute mark to see how they are progressing. They will be perfect if they are just barely set and still gooey. Cool the brownies in the pan on a rack. Cut into bars and serve.
  6. The brownies will keep, covered, for 2-3 days at room temperature and can be frozen for up to a month!

 

 
Tip of the Day Repeat: To get the cleanest, neatest cut, make sure to chill your brownies before slicing. Wipe the knife off as needed. You can even dip your knife in very hot water, then dry it off before slicing.

 

Comments

  1. Kelly Anne says:

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids to help with 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/perfect-chocolate-brownie-recipe/
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kelly

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