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Old 05-12-2005, 11:49 AM   #1
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Best Ever Brownies

Best-Ever Brownies

guys! i found this just now on a baking site and i'm gonna try it tomorrow,dont they look delicious?

From Baking with Julia:

"Those who are passionate about brownies argue in defense of their favorite type, cakey or fudgey. If you're a cakey fan, go on to another recipe. These are the epitome of soft, dark, "baked just until barely set" brownies. Their creamy texture makes them seem wildly luxurious and very much a treat to be metered out in small servings (just small enough for a scoop of ice cream and some chocolate sauce).

The mixing method is unorthodox for a brownie. Half of an egg-sugar mixture is stirred into the melted chocolate and butter, while the other half is whipped until it thickens and doubles in volume. The lightened eggs are folded into the chocolate with a delicate touch, as are the dry ingredients--tricks that enhance the brownies' lovely texture".....Julia Child, from Baking with Julia

1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup/8 ounces/226g) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

Sift the flour and salt together and set aside.

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently and keeping a watchful eye on the pot to make certain the chocolate doesn't scorch. (Alternatively, you can melt the ingredients in the dop of a double boiler over, not touching, simmering water.) Add 1 cup of the sugar to the mixture and stir for half a minute, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture in a large bowl.

Put the remaining 1 cup sugar and eggs into the bowl of a mixer (or a mixing bowl if you're using a hand-held mixer) and whisk by hand just to combine. Little by little, pour half of the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture, stirring gently but constantly with a rubber spatula so the eggs don't set from the heat. Fit the whisk attachment to the mixer and whip the remaining sugar and eggs until they are thick, pale, and doubled in volume, about 3 minutes. Using the rubber spatula, delicately fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture. When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, gently fold in dry ingredients.

Cooking Instructions
Pour and scrape the batter into an unbuttered 9-inch square pan. Bake the brownies for 25 to 28 minutes, during which time they will rise a little and the top will turn dark and dry. Cut into the center at about the 23-minute mark to see how the brownies are progressing They'll be perfect if they're just barely set and still pretty gooey. They're still awfully good on the other side of set, so don't worry if you miss the moment on your first try. Cool the brownies in the pan on a rack. Cut into 1 1/2 by 3-inch bars to serve.

The brownies will keep, covered, for 2 to 3 days at room temperature and can be frozen for up to a month. Thaw, still wrapped, at room temperature. These never freeze solid, so you might want to think about using them as a mix-in for ice cream.

Makes 18 brownies.


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Old 05-12-2005, 11:57 AM   #2
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They look REAL good.

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Old 05-12-2005, 12:27 PM   #3
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They look wonderful. I can almost smell them!
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Old 05-18-2005, 09:00 PM   #4
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Sarah, I'm licking my screen. Looks like chocolate heaven. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:32 PM   #5
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What is it about any recipe that claims to be "the best ever" that just whispers in your ear "make me, make me!" For me it's the nagging desire to see if the recipe in question really is the best. These do look divine, one for the recipe book!

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Old 08-26-2005, 08:02 AM   #6
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They look mouth watering! Please give a review!
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Old 08-26-2005, 10:00 AM   #7
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I've been designated the chef for this weekend by my girlfriend and think I'll try these out to surprise her

She abosolutely loves brownies. Maybe this will get me some points
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:32 PM   #8
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yum these look great! I love making all different types of brownies. I'll have to try these out.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:35 AM   #9
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They look really good, has anyone tried to bake it yet?

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