Saturday, October 01, 2005
Since I'm looking for a chewy brownie, I decided that my next experiment would be with this recipe from Fine Cooking:
Source: Fine Cooking (posted by Gilgamesh on CLBB)
8 tablespoons butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs -- room temperature
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
Grease an 8” square pan, line bottom with parchment or wax paper, butter paper. Melt butter and chocolate together, and let cool slightly. Stir in sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, stirring each time until blended. Add the flour and cocoa; beat until incorporated and the mixture is smooth, 30-60 seconds. Scrape the batter into prepared pan and bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center come out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs, about 35-45 minutes. Let cool on rack until cool enough to handle; flip brownies out, peel paper off bottom, and re-invert onto rack to cool completely. (Can double for a 13x9” pan, increase baking time slightly.)
My notes: Finally, a chewy brownie! I was a little nervous trying this brownie since, like the last one, it did not call for baking powder. However, the texture came out just right - chewy, a little crunchy on top, but still nicely fudgy in the center. These brownies also held together nicely when cut - something else I've been looking for.
However, they just weren't chocolatey enough. I change my mind a lot when deciding what to try next, but if I try these again, I would try adding more cocoa to get more chocolate flavor. I'm afraid that adding more melted chocolate would change the texture too drastically. Although my cabinet is full of Penzyeys spices, I have not tried their cocoa yet, so that may be another way to step up the chocolate flavor.
If only I could get the texture of these with the flavor of the Chewy, Fudgy, Cakey Brownies.....then I'd have the perfect brownie.
Update: I forgot to mention that the batter for these brownies is quite unusual. It is very, very thick - almost like a frosting. Just wanted to mention that in case anyone gave them a try.