I defaulted to the same baking book again for the 4th brownie I made for last weekend's bake sale. I didn't have much time and couldn't afford a "bad" recipe so I went with the same book I can always rely on for terrific recipes. This one was meant to be a plain fudge brownie but had I left it as is, I think it still would've been a standout because of the different chocolates it, it really does make a (chocolate) impression. I did add chopped up bars of Almond Joys to dress it up a little and it was fine but I think this would also meet your needs if you just want a nice, plain, fudgy-chocolate brownie. Once again, use the good chocolate because you're definitely going to taste it.
1 cup bleached all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons bleached cake flour
½ cup unsweetened alkalized cocoa powder (I used Pernigotti from Williams Sonoma)
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
½ pound (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to tepid
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to tepid
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled to tepid
4 large eggs
2 large eggs yolks
2 cups superfine sugar
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325⁰F. Film the inside of a 10 x 10 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Sift the all-purpose flour, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper. In a small bowl, toss the chocolate chips with 1 teaspoons of the sifted mixture.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk the melted butter, melted unsweetened chocolate, and melted bittersweet chocolate until smooth. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks slowly until blended, about 15 seconds. Add the sugar and whisk until combined, about 30 seconds. Blend in the vanilla extract and melted butter-chocolate mixture. Sift the flour mixture over and stir to form a batter, mixing thoroughly until the particles of flour are absorbed, using a whisk or flat wooden paddle. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
- Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until set. Let the brownies stand in the pan on a cooling rack for 2 hours. Refrigerate for 1 hour. With a small, sharp knife, cut the sweet into quarters, then cut each quarter into 4 squares. Remove the brownies from the baking pan, using a small, offset metal spatula. Store in an airtight tin.