Fudge Brownies

Delectable Fudge Brownies

These seriously good brownies are perfect on their own, or as an accompaniment to ice cream (drizzled with some hot fudge and a dollop of whipped cream would be even better!).  This is not the same recipe that I made at the cafe, as I think it is a bit too gooey and doesn't hold up as well as this recipe.  This is my version of a recipe from King Arthur.  You will love it!

4 extra large eggs

1 cup cocoa powder

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon powder

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups sugar

11/2 cups unbleached flour

2 cups mini-chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.  Grease a 9"X13" pan.

Place the eggs into the bowl of a mixer, turn the mixer on to a medium-low speed, and add the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla, then beat and for about 4 minutes. (Let the mixer run while you melt the butter and chocolate.

In a medium saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate, then add the sugar and stir to combine.  Continue to heat until the mixture is hot (110-120 degrees), but not bubbling.  Stir, and it will become more shiny as the heat dissolves more of the sugar.

Add the hot chocolate mixture to the egg/cocoa mixture, beating until smooth.  Mix the chips and the flour together in a bowl, then add gradually to the batter.

Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth with an offset spatula.

Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.  A cake tester should come out fairly clean, or with only a few crumbs clinging to it.  The edges should feel set, and the center should look moist, but not uncooked.

Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack completely before cutting.


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