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    Classic Unsweetened Chocolate Brownies

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    45 mins

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    Saguaro's Note:

    Use high quality chocolate for these brownies. I like these made with Callebaut or Scharffen-Berger unsweetened. To make these with bittersweet chocolate instead, use 6 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, 7 tablespoons butter and 1 cup sugar. To make with semisweet chocolate, substitute 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, 5 tablespoons butter and 2/3 cup sugar.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F Line a 8x8 pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
    2. 2
      Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pot of barely simmering water until smooth, stirring often.
    3. 3
      Remove bowl from heat and stir in sugar vanilla and salt.
    4. 4
      Add eggs one at a time, stirring thoroughly.
    5. 5
      Stir in flour and beat with a spoon or rubber spatula for a minute or two until smooth and glossy.
    6. 6
      Stir in nuts.
    7. 7
      Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth to even it.
    8. 8
      Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with some thick gooey batter clinging to it.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 09, 2012


      Lacking cocoa powder, I was seeking out recipes that called for unsweetened chocolate squares which I strangely had on hand. Amazingly, I had all of the other pantry ingredients as well and ended up making this recipe on a whim -- before anyone had uploaded a photo. This recipe is rich, decadent, oh-so-chocolately and actually super simple to make.

      I'm not a wildly talented baker but I nailed it on the first try. Brownie-wise, I prefer them slightly gooey so I only baked these for the minimum 30 minutes and they were perfect. Plus, they are so indulgent, I really couldn't eat more than one or two -- so portion control was naturally built in. Great stuff! Thanks Saguaro!

      PS -- If you served these while still slightly warm over vanilla ice cream, it would be beyond.

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    • on March 23, 2014


      Amazing brownie recipe. I will never use brownie mix again. The recipe is so simple to use. I always thought making brownies from scratch would be hard. These are so tasty and gooey. And it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. I used my kitchenaid mixer, but I kept it on stir mode. I didn't want too many air bubbles in the batter. Love this recipe!

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    • on January 08, 2014


      I made these brownies for a co-worker's birthday and they turned out perfect. I frosted the brownies with Coconut and Pecan Frosting (the traditional frosting for German Chocolate Cake). My co-worker loved the brownies because the flavors were a perfect balance. Additionally the frosting reminded him of what his mom made when he was a child, so they had an additional meaning for him! This recipe has become my go to, it replaced the one I since I was in middle school (back in the day when it was called jr high). This recipe deserves more than 5 stars!!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Classic Unsweetened Chocolate Brownies

    Serving Size: 1 (45 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 170.7
    Calories from Fat 90
    Total Fat 10.0 g
    Saturated Fat 6.1 g
    Cholesterol 38.4 mg
    Sodium 47.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 15.7 g
    Protein 2.1 g

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