The most delicious brownies happened in my kitchen, which means I'll never be buying Costco brownie mixes ever again (which btw, were my favourite until now). What I’ve learned from this process is that brownies are easy to make and it doesn’t require the typical massive aftermath cleaning required of most other desserts since you won't need many bowls, nor does it take much elbow grease. I had the batter in the oven within 10 minutes. These bad guys are baked to timely perfection, where the inside is decadent, chewy and slightly moist and the outside is baked to a slight crisp. As you take each bite, the brownie just melts in your mouth and easily crumbles and falls apart due to it’s lightness. A small slice goes a long way. Definitely use the best baking chocolate available since it will play an integral role in the taste. I was inspired to bake using Lindt baking chocolate, since I just recently returned from a very scenic Switzerland trip. On an irrelevant side note: imported Lindt chocolate from Switzerland is cheaper to buy in Toronto than it is to buy in Switzerland…beats me.
Credit: www.sallysbakingaddiction.com (that's where I found this delicious and might I add, 'perfect' brownie recipe).
- butter - 1/2 cup (salted or unsalted)
- semi sweet chocolate - 228 grams of best kind available to you
- white sugar - 3/4 cup
- large eggs - 3
- pure vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
- brown sugar - 1/4 cup
- all purpose flour - 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons
- unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
- salt - 1/4 teaspoon
Set a medium size pot filled with water half-way up on medium heat and let it heat up (or pour in boiling water from a kettle and wait for it to get to medium heat). Then take a metal bowl and place on top of the pot (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water). Throw in 1/2 a cup of butter in small chunks, along with 228 grams of baking chocolate and keep whisking until you have a smooth velvety chocolate sauce. Pour the sauce into another large bowl to allow it to cool down for a few minutes.
In the meantime make your dry mix; take a medium size bowl and mix 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt together. Set the bowl aside.
Set the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Take a 9x9 inch square pan, grease and line with wax paper.
In the chocolate sauce, add 3/4 cup of white sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract while whisking. Then add 1 egg at a time until you've got all 3 in while whisking. At this point slowly add the dry mix a bit at a time and mix the batter by hand with a wooden spoon until all the dry mix has been well incorporated.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 30 to 38 minutes. Monitor to see when the batter along the edge of the pan starts to pull in. Insert a toothpick in the middle and it should come out clean. I like my brownies fudgy and chewy, so I took the pan out after 30 minutes. Allow the brownies to completely cool, then slice with a sharp knife and enjoy. I really wanted to share these with more people near and dear, but they were so dreamily delicious, I ate more than half the batch over the course of a few days and didn't have much leftover to share.