Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Best Brownies

We served these after Christmas dinner with this hot fudge sauce. It was one of the more delicious desserts I've ever eaten- and even got rave reviews all around. These brownies have the perfect amount of richness- crumbly on the outside and totally moist on the inside. Next time you crave a brownie, ditch the box mix and make these instead.
picture courtesy Mel's Kitchen Cafe

The Best Brownies
Mel's Kitchen Cafe

2 sticks (8 oz) butter
8 oz good-quality semisweet chocolate chips (I used Nestle chips from Costco)
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 large eggs
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (I used regular cocoa powder)
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch metal pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray. Alternatively, you may use parchment. These are pretty sticky at first! Melt butter and chocolate in a 3-qt heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Add 1 cup of the sugar to the hot chocolate mixture. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. Whisk in remaining 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time until mixture is glossy and smooth. Whisk in salt and cocoa powder, then add flour and stir until it disappears (do not overbeat). Spread in pan and bake until a pick inserted in center comes out with crumbs, 25 to 35 minutes (I had to cook mine about 45 minutes). Cool to room temperature then chill for an hour or more. Lift from pan, place on a cutting board, cut into squares.

Makes 1 13×9 inch pan (yield depends on how big you cut your brownies, but they are rich, so small is fine.


Ana said...

It looks beautiful.. I also have a brownie recipe, check it out!

Rebecca said...

so, do you think these are better than the allrecipes one that you make in the pot?

Unknown said...

I have to tell you that I tried this recipe and it came out horrible. Curious as to what I could have done wrong, I looked up the original recipe which you guys have credited to Mel's Kitchen Cafe. The recipe you guys have is completely wrong. Also, you have on this recipe 5 eggs, which is way, way, way too much! Part of the reason why mine didn't come out. Just thought I'd let you guys know, and suggest you correct the recipe, especially if you are crediting it to someone else. I will try to make them again, following the original recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, however.

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