Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The only brownie recipe you'll ever need

Attn dieters: STAY FAR AWAY!!!

Much like the Infamous Mashed Taters, these brownies are a special occasion food.

This is a slightly modified version of Alton Brown's brownie recipe (all hail Alton!). In my eyes, Mr. Brown can do no wrong, but sometimes my personal tastes dictate some minor deviation from his gospel of food.
Not only are these amazingly delicious, but you probably have everything you need to make them in your kitchen right now.

Rich Fudgy Brownies

8 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1lb butter, melted
2 1/2 cups cocoa powder (like Hershey's)
1 1/2 T pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
2 t kosher salt
1 T cinnamon

Dark chocolate chips (like Hershey's Special Dark or Ghirardelli Dark)
Chopped nuts - optional

Butter and flour a 13x9 pan. Preheat oven to 300*.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
Whip the eggs until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars and beat until creamy.
Add the melted butter, salt, and vanilla and blend well.
Add the dry ingredients slowly, mixing well between each addition. When all the dry ingredients have been added, continue to mix for a minute or two until the batter is smooth and thick.

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Liberally sprinkle chocolate chips over the entire top of the batter to cover.
If using nuts, sprinkle the chopped nut of your choice on with the chocolate chips.

Bake at 300* for 60-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs sticking to it. Watch carefully, as you don't want these to overbake - and they're overbaked if your toothpick comes out clean

Let cool 30 minutes or so before you try to cut them.

If you like a no muss, no fuss brownie that's moist, dense, rich, and incredibly chocolatey, then this is the brownie for you. The flour is almost an afterthought, just enough there to hold things together. There's nothing extraneous here - just chocolate with a hint of cinnamon to deepen the flavor.

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