Since moving into our house in December, Eric and I have had a few visits from neighbors. Seeing as how this is our first house, this is not something we’re used to. One neighbor brought us a plate of amazing snickerdoodles and another invited us to dinner. To say we lucked out with our neighborhood would be an understatement. Sadly, we’ve been so busy that we haven’t had much time to introduce ourselves, and we had to turn down that dinner invitation because we were painting Baby C’s nursery that day. I thought it would be nice to bake something as a way to say thanks to the people we’ve met and as a way to introduce ourselves to the people we haven’t. I wasn’t sure what to bake, but decided on this recipe immediately upon seeing it.
Here I am visiting Baked in Brooklyn almost exactly two years ago.
Brownies are one of those desserts that people have pretty strong opinions about. Cakey or fudgy? With nuts or without? Before trying these, I was firmly in the cakey with nuts crowd. However, you can now consider me a convert. Hands down, these are the best brownies I’ve ever had in my life. I finally understand why people like those fudgy brownies. I guess I just had to find the right brownie to convince me. These brownies are intensely chocolatey, so it’s important that you use the best quality chocolate you can. I used two different chocolates that I had been holding onto since November because no recipe seemed worthy of them, but this recipe certainly was. The brownies are rich, dense and so insanely delicious. The espresso helps intensify the flavor of the chocolate, but you can actually get a slight hint of it while eating the brownie. I could continue talking about how amazing these are, but I’ll try to show some self-restraint and simply tell you to make these brownies soon.
- YIELD: 24 brownies
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350º and butter the sides and bottom of a 9-by-13-inch glass baking pan. Whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
Place the chocolate, butter and espresso powder in a large bowl and set over a pot of simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. Turn off heat, but keep the bowl over the water. Whisk in the sugars until completely combined, then remove bowl from the pot. If the mixture isn’t room temperature at this point, allow it to cool slightly until it reaches room temperature.
Whisk 3 eggs into the chocolate mixture, taking care not to overbeat them. Whisk in the remaining 2 eggs, then stir in the vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, gradually fold in the flour until just incorporated.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Allow to cool, then cut into squares and serve. Brownies can be kept, tightly wrapped, at room temperature for up to 3 days (like they’ll last that long).