I didn’t make it up or anything. But I did try out several recipes and I guarantee I am bringing you the very best. I had a huge craving for brownies a while back and so I googled Brownies on Bing, found a recipe that looked promising, and made some. That batch was okay. Then I tried a different recipe, also online, and those were to-live-for-delicious. Perfect brownies. Next, I lazily bought a box mix from the grocery store. I was expecting something roughly approximating the ideal brownie in taste and texture. But, those were the worst. I know the ingredients are crap, but I don’t always have time to bake from scratch. Totally not worth the $1.49 I think I spent on it. From now on, I’ll just wait until I have the time and bake the perfect ones, because nothing compares to a perfect fudgy brownie with a nice smooth crispy top.
See what I mean?
Here’s what you need:
- 6 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon brewed espresso (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler. I just recently aquired a hand-me-down one, but when I baked these I didn’t have one. I used a metal mixing bowl placed over water in a pot. It works okay, if you do this, just be careful it doesn’t tip. Use a pot holder because the bowl will heat up.
Remove the melted butter and chocolate from the heat and let cool to room temperature. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, espresso (if using, I didn’t), and salt and briefly stir. Add the chocolate and butter to this. Then add flour and stir until just incorporated. Pour the batter into your greased baking dish. I used a glass 9 x 9 pan.
If you want, you can add some chopped nuts in the batter or on top. I put some walnuts on top. I like the crunch and the flavor contrast.
Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes. (Mine actually took 33 min.)