Maida Heater's intense fudgy Brownies

"This recipe is different because it has the addition of sour cream which adds moistness and a little tang. The taste of these brownies improves overnight so, if possible, make the day before serving."
Maida Heater's intense fudgy Brownies created by Engrossed
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
16 Brownies




  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.
  • Prepare an 8 by 8 by 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) pan by lining the pan with a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up.
  • Coat pan with room temperature butter, approximately 1 tablespoon (14 grams).
  • Can also line across the bottom and up 2 opposite sides with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl place the flour, baking powder, and salt and sift or whisk to combine.
  • Set aside.
  • Chop the chocolate in small pieces (can use a food processor) and set aside.
  • In a small bowl beat the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream just to mix; set aside.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the sugar and stir until sugar is partially melted.
  • Then add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted.
  • Transfer to large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in egg mixture, then the sifted dry ingredients.
  • If the mixture is not perfectly smooth, beat it briefly with electric mixer (I use a hand mixer).
  • Stir in nuts, if using.
  • Pour into the baking pan and smooth top.
  • Bake for about 50- 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out almost (but not completely) clean.
  • Remove from oven and let stand at room temperature until cool.
  • Note: These are best chilled overnight.
  • Remove from pan by inverting on a cutting board and then re-inverting it onto a plate.
  • Chill brownies completely before cutting.
  • These freeze very well.

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  1. socholy
    This is a best bet when making brownies! I used the release foil and it worked fantastic--no stick! Maida got this recipe from her friend Jane Freeman.
  2. LuuvBunny
    I was looking for a fudgy brownie and thought I had found it with this recipe but I did not.These were quite sweet and seemed like they didn't even cook.I like a fudgy brownie but these were just a gooey mess but they did firm up once I put them in the fridge.I don't think I would make these again.
  3. sprue
    i would actually say this is more like fudge than a brownie.. very good indeed, i used whole wheat flour, a mixture of bitter and semi sweet (more bitter) a little less butter than called for and i added walnuts in it and on top.. my husband said the walnuts made it the best.. we didnt even try them with out refrigerating them first.. they seemed like if they were left out too long they almost started melting! but very very smooth and chocolatey... mmm thanks
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    Maida Heater's intense fudgy Brownies Created by Engrossed
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    Maida Heater's intense fudgy Brownies Created by Engrossed



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