Thursday, February 3, 2011

Brownies

Brownies! I love brownies! So yummy, no utensils needed, and very importantly, no mixer required! Don't get me wrong, while I love my mixer, it's HEAVY. I don't like heavy lifting.


So onto the brownies.  This is the first recipe in the brownie section of the King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion.  They describe it as a perfect combo between cakey and chewy texture, which a crackly top--yipee!


Now, these brownies were really good, but I didn't get the crackly top. I think I beat the egg/sugar mixture too much. That, or I added dulce de leche (one of the optional add-ins), and maybe that robbed me of my crackles.  I shall try again.  Also, if I use the dulce de leche again, I will cut down on the amount of sugar.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour


Ingredients
  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 12 TBS unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c light corn syrup (optional--helps brownies last longer) (if you use this, I would cut down on the sugar by at least 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/3 c flour
  • optional add-ins: 1/ 1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans; 1 1/2 c mini marshmallows; 1 c melted caramel; 1 c chocolate chips (I used 3/4 cup of jarred dulce de leche and 1 cup of chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.


Place the butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan. 



Melt over low heat, then set aside to cool.


In a large bowl, place the eggs, vanilla, salt, sugar and corn syrup (I think if you're going to use the corn syrup and/or the caramel sauce additions, definitely cut down on the amount of sugar--these were a tad too sweet for me, and that's saying a lot).




Whisk together until light and fluffy.  You can also do this with a mixer, but then you have to drag out the mixer. Your choice. In any case, I overcompensated for the fact that I was whisking by hand and beat the shit out of this thing (about 5 minutes), which I think led to no crackly top.  Be warned.


I dunno. Maybe I didn't beat it enough? Sigh.

Stir the flour into the chocolate and butter mixture.


It will look a little grainy. That's okay.  Or I don't know, maybe it's not, because as I keep saying, my brownies didn't have a crackly top.  Where or where did I go wrong??

Fold the saucepan chocolate mixture into the sugar/egg batter.  Stir in optional ingredients, if using.


Fold those suckers together. They *will* get along, dammit.

I love the gentle clacking noise when you pour chocolate chips.

And this is just beautirrificous.

Spread the batter into the greased pan.



Bake 35-45 minutes. The top should be crackly, but a toothpick inserted into the brownies will come out with some chocolate crumbs.  As I've mentioned, about 50 times, I didn't get the crackly top, so I just had to rely on the toothpick. The oh so accurate truth-telling toothpick.

Cut and serve to rabid coworkers (the pictures are majorly bright because of the flourescent lighting in my office...as if you care).






Ta-da! No crackly top, a wee bit sweet, but still delicious.

8 comments:

  1. those look delicious. what a good idea with the dulce de leche AND chips!

    I read somewhere that in order to develop a crackly top on cornbread, you let the batter rest in the bowl after mixing, for about 5 minutes, before pouring it in the pan. who knows if that works, but perhaps worth a try.

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  2. This is much better than the salad I'm eating for lunch. I must try!

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  3. Oh I want some brownies now! Mmm...they look so delicious. And, can I just say you are such a nice co-worker to bring brownies. I never bring anything here.

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  4. They look so good! I want brownies this instant now. I love super sweet chocolate, so I'll have to give this a whirl :)

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  5. Although I don't try your recipes immediately, I definitely do write them down and attempt them at a later time. I made dinner every day last week with your previously posted recipes! Delish! Thanks!!

    Brownies - *drool*

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  6. sashacleo: i love the addition of chocolate chips. and i will try that tip next time to get the crackly top.
    maylove: don't die!
    lobster: brownies over salad any day!
    kelsey: that's the only way to get my coworkers to like me.
    kate: your gooey posts have inspired me to bake chocolatey things!
    alice: that's the nicest thing to say! thank you! i hope none of the recipes were total duds. if they were, don't tell me. i like to live in ignorance.

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  7. Dulce de leche in brownies?! I'm drooling over here, a combo of two delicious things. NEED THEM!

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