The Maven's Fudge Brownies
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- 1⁄4 cup dark chocolate chips, the best quality you can manage
- 250 g unsalted butter, chopped
- 1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 2⁄3 cup sunflower oil
- 5 eggs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee
- 2 1⁄3 cups caster sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups plain flour, sifted
- 1 2⁄3 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
- icing sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius Grease and line a 30cm square pan with silicone paper.
- Combine the chocolate, butter, cocoa powder and oil in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring. Cool slightly.
- Beat the eggs, vanilla, coffee and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 10 minutes or until thick and pale. Fold the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until combined, then fold in the flour and walnuts until just combined.
- Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for about 4o minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs, but is not sticky.
- Cool completely in the pan before turning out and cutting into 16 squares-dust with icing sugar before serving.
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Intense brownies! I didn't do the math on the pan size until too late -- a 30mm square pan is a 12-inch square pan, which holds the equivalent of an 8-inch square pan AND a 9-inch square pan. I put all into a 9-inch pan, and extended the baking time by at least 20 minutes. Due to my error, the edges were overdone just to get the middle to the right stage. The overbaked brownies didn't excite me, but the moist, chewy interior bars were utter delight! Would anyone actually cut this recipe into only 16 pieces? Because they were so intense, I cut into 56 pieces. I will make this recipe again, scaling back to 3 eggs to fit the 9-inch pan to the correct depth. I bought a pound of caster sugar, but that was about 1/4 cup short of the required amount for the full recipe; so I added superfine sugar to make up the difference. I was able to see how fine a powder the caster sugar was; next to it the superfine sugar was noticeably more granular -- at least I knew better than to use confectioner's sugar (which has cornstarch mixed into it). I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao dark chocolate chips and Dutch processed cocoa. I used instant Folgers, but next time I will use instant espresso. I might increase the pure vanilla extract next time as well. Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.