Classic Chocolate Brownies

chocolate brownies
I can’t take any credit for this brownie recipe. The good folks at America’s Test Kitchen tested this recipe to perfection as they do all their recipes. I can take credit for not including the optional walnuts in the original recipe. I’m in the no-nuts camp unless it’s Steph’s brownies with toasted almonds. Almonds yes, walnuts no. I’m not sure where I got this aversion to walnuts in baking, because I love cracking open a fresh walnut and I love walnut oil.

This really is a perfect brownie recipe. It has the right amount of rich chocolately goodness (it’s unsweetened, don’t sub) and they’re dense and moist. And it makes a lot. The leftovers keep well and are hard to resist. Eat them for breakfast or tuck them into a picnic basket for the beach. -bvox
chocolate brownies

Classic Chocolate Brownies
Source: Americas Test Kitchen

Makes twenty-four 2-inch-square brownies

  • 1 1/4 cups plain cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into six 1-inch pieces
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325 degrees. Cut 18-inch length foil and fold lengthwise to 8-inch width. Fit foil into length of 13- by 9-inch baking dish, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan; allow excess to overhang pan edges. Cut 14-inch length foil and, if using extra-wide foil, fold lengthwise to 12-inch width; fit into width of baking pan in same manner, perpendicular to first sheet. Spray foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk to combine flour, salt, and baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter in large heatproof bowl set over saucepan of almost-simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth. (Alternatively, in microwave, heat butter and chocolate in large microwave-safe bowl on high for 45 seconds, then stir and heat for 30 seconds more. Stir again, and, if necessary, repeat in 15-second increments; do not let chocolate burn.) When chocolate mixture is completely smooth, remove bowl from saucepan and gradually whisk in sugar. Add eggs one at time, whisking after each addition until thoroughly combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, folding with rubber spatula until batter is completely smooth and homogeneous.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; using spatula, spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface. Bake until toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into center of brownies comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours, then remove brownies from pan by lifting foil overhang. Cut brownies into 2-inch squares and serve. (Store leftovers in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)

Be sure to test for doneness before removing the brownies from the oven. If underbaked (the toothpick has batter clinging to it), the texture of the brownies will be dense and gummy; if overbaked (the toothpick comes out completely clean), the brownies will be dry and cakey.

Yummy batter:
brownie batter

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4 thoughts on “Classic Chocolate Brownies

  1. salty girl May 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm Reply

    I don’t like walnuts in my brownie’s either. Hmmmm maybe not in any baking actually. They’re definitely not my favourite nut… Now toasted almonds, that’s a whole other story. I’ll have to try Steph’s brownies one of these days 🙂

  2. Fudging Ahead May 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm Reply

    I have a bunch of unsweetened chocolate that needs to get used. This would be a big help with that! (And make some new brownies to try!)

    • Shiny Tomato May 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply

      It is! I bought a bunch on sale and have been trying to find ways to use it. Enjoy!

  3. Steph McVox May 14, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    I made some recently with hazlenuts…mmmm!

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