Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
Eveyone's idea of the perfect brownie is different--but this is one that could possible be all things to all people--fudgy, chewy, cakey---. You can add whatever additions you like, nuts, chocolate chips, caramel, toffee bits, M&Ms, etc.--or enjoy them just the way they are. This recipe is from the 1999 edition of The Best American Recipes.
- 158.51 ml all-purpose flour
- 2.46 ml salt
- 2.46 ml baking powder
- 113.39 g bittersweet chocolate or 113.39 g semisweet chocolate
- 56.69 g unsweetened chocolate
- 147.89 ml unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons)
- 295.73 ml sugar
- 9.85 ml pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 177.44 ml chopped walnuts or 177.44 ml pecans or 177.44 ml macadamia nuts or 177.44 ml pecans, toasted (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325°F with rack on the lower-middle level.
- Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.
- Cut a 16-x-8-inch sheet of foil into the pan and up and over two sides and roll up overhanging sides (you will use this as a handle to remove brownies after they are cooked).
- Spray the foil with non-stick spray as well.
- In small bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking powder.
- In a medium-sized bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together (you can do this in microwave, or over a pan of simmering water).
- After the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar and vanilla.
- Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
- Continue to stir until the mixture is completely smooth and glossy.
- Add the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
- Stir in the nuts if you are using them.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out with wet crums, 35 to 45 minutes (If the toothpick comes out clean, the brownies are overcooked).
- Cool the brownies in the pan on a wire rack fo 5 minutes.
- Using the foil handles, pull the cooked brownie from the pan and turn it out on the rack upside down, to cool completely, this will take nearly an hour.
- Cut the brownies into 16 squares.
- (Note: If you are not going to serve immediately, wrap the whole brownie in plastic wrap, then foil and refrigerae for up to 5 days or freeze).
Very good! I used walnuts, thats what I had . I made the recipe to a tee. Great taste. Will make again. Thanks.