Friday, March 23, 2012
Martha Stewart's Fudgy Brownies
We have been in need of comfort foods lately so yes, I made another treat. This time I turned to Martha Stewart's book Martha's Entertaining, published by Random House of Canada, for an unbelievably decadent and delicious brownie. One that actually lived up to the term "fudgy".
Brush a 9" x 13" baking dish with melted butter.
Dust with flour and tap out excess.
Melt 12 oz semi sweet coarsely chopped chocolate with 1 cup of unsalted butter cut into pieces in a heatproof bowl over simmering water.
I put in the butter first to help insulate the chocolate and prevent it from potential seizing. Also, I used a combination of chocolate chips instead of high quality baker's chocolate because it was all I had.
"Let cool completely."
Um... You mean until it is room temperature? How long will that take? Should I move on to the next step...???!!! How annoying. Everything else in the recipe is completely clear!
I decided to go onto the next step after waiting 10 minutes.
Whisk together 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar with 4 large eggs until fluffy.
Add 1 tsp vanilla extract.
On low, beat in chocolate mixture.
Whisk together 2/3 cup flour and 1/2 tsp salt. Add to chocolate mixture until just combined.
Spread evenly in prepared dish. Bake in a preheated 375F oven for around 25 to 30 minutes.
The top should be cracked a little, center firm to the touch and a cake tester should come out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
These were truly perfect brownies and I am not good at making them! I almost always over-bake them or risk having them come out still liquidy. As usual, Martha knows her stuff and did not waste my food.
Again, I had to freeze half the batch because this makes so many brownies! Good news is they defrost perfectly. Heated up for a few seconds in the microwave and they will melt in your mouth.
I give this recipe four and three quarters out of five wooden spoons. I had to deduct a quarter of a spoon for the vague "cool completely" instruction. It's only fair Martha!
I ended up using my canned icing for the brownies since making this treat took the very last bits of chocolate I had in my kitchen!
It never fails. When life gets tough, we turn to chocolate. Time to go shopping!