Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Thse are decadent pieces of heaven! "Michael Recchiuti, a San Francisco chocolate visionary, prefers to make these moist brownies with a distinct chocolate, such as a 64% dark chocolate blend. Serve with lightly sweetend softly whipped cream, chopped mint and fresh raspberries; or crown pieces with vanilla or coffee ice cream and drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce." I didn't allow for cooling time of about an hour. Sunset Magazine, 01/2007
- 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1⁄2 cup butter, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (no substitutions)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- Chop chocolate into about 1/2-inch chunks; about 2 cups.
- In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine half the chocolate and the butter.
- Heat in a microwave oven on half-power (50%) just until chocolate is soft and butter is melted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
- Stir until mixture is smooth.
- Let stand until just warm to touch.
- In a bowl, with a wooden spoon, beat eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.
- Add chocolate mixture and stir until well blended.
- Add flour, about a third at a time, stirring after each addition just until blended.
- Add remaining chopped chocolate and mix just until chunks are evenly distributed.
- Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking parchment, draping over rim a little.
- Scrape batter into pan; spread level.
- Bake in a 325°F oven just until the surface develops a thin crust (like the delicate layer of ice that forms on freezing water) and a fingertip pressed very gently in the center leaves a soft impression, 20 to 25 minutes; take care not to overbake.
- Cool completely in pan on a rack, at least 1 hour.
- Lift brownie out on parchment, peel off parchment, and set brownie on a board.
- Cut into 8 squares or wedges or 16 triangles.
OMG! Perfect brownie!!!! I used a mixture of 80% and 60% cacao dark chocolate and added almond extract and slivered almonds. Served with a dollop of whipped cream--big hit!