Friday, January 8, 2010

Dark Brownies

These are a variation of Alton Brown's brownies. They are dark and delicious. I have been making these brownies for a couple of years now. They are my families favorite. The bad thing about them is this recipe only makes an 8X8 pan. The good thing about them is this recipe only makes an 8X8 pan ;-) A small piece goes a long way to satisfying you. They are meant to be fudgy in the center, so don't overcook them! I use my kitchen scale to measure the flour and cocoa powder (I am REALLY trying to convince you to buy a kitchen scale. This is the most accurate way to measure.) The cocoa powder should be sifted to break up the lumps. I just put my mixing bowl and sieve on the scale, Tare it out and then measure the cocoa powder right into the sieve. You can Tare it out again and add the flour to the cocoa powder as well. Then just stir the powders through the sieve with a spoon and it is combined and lump free! Make sure your brown sugar is soft, otherwise it won't cream well with the eggs. I like to line my pan with parchment paper. I leave edges long enough so I can lift the brownies right out of the pan when they are completely cooled. This makes for easier cutting (and easy clean up!). If you have a health food store locally that has a bulk foods section, see if they have cocoa powder. It is much cheaper if you buy it in bulk than at the grocery store. You can buy as little or as much as you need. I store it in a quart jar.

Dark Brownies

4 large eggs
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
100 grams (1 1/4 C) natural cocoa powder (NOT dutch processed)
68 grams (1/2 C) AP flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 T instant coffee granules
2 tsp vanilla
8 oz butter, melted

Beat eggs until light. Add sugars and beat well. Sift dry ingredients together and add to egg mixture. Add vanilla and slowly add butter while the mixer is still running. Pour into a parchment lined 8X8 pan (or grease and flour your pan well) Bake at 325* for 50-60 minutes. If you can hold out, these brownies are best when cooled completely, and even better the next day!) I had to hide the brownies last night from my family!

5 comments:

Mimi said...

Those look delicious.
Mimi

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Simply Life said...

WOW, those brownies look AMAZING!

Alison said...

Those look really good! I'm stuck on my brownie recipe, but I may have to give these a try!!

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