Sunday, September 30, 2012

baked brownie

I believe that there is no such thing as a bad brownie, nor is there such thing as "the best" brownie. But there is such a thing as an extremely moist, perfect, delicious, melt-in-your mouth, oh-la-la brownie. Say hello to the Baked brownie.

The recipe comes from Baked NYC, a bakery specializing in All-American baked goods. They make pies, cakes, granola, confections-- however, they are most famous for their brownies. They describe their brownies a  "hovering blissfully between 'cakey' and 'fudgy'." 

I brought these in for the Club Fair to promote the Baking Club (everyone who signed up got to take whatever they wanted from our array of baked goods). Guess what went first? Not the double espresso cupcakes, not the pumpkin bread,  not even the gooey butter cookies! These brownies. My friend Erin ate three before I could even finished putting our poster up! Bewildered little freshman boys started asking for the recipe.  Even my merciless P.E. teacher cracked a smile after taking a bite out of these.


These are a favorite of Oprah, America's Test Kitchen, my school's soccer team, and the security guard on level 2. They are soon to be a favorite of yours too.

Do you have a favorite brownie recipe?
With love,
Erica

Ingredients
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13-inch glass or light-colored baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.
3. Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be room temperature.
4. Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.
7. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days. They also freeze quite well.

Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

10 comments:

  1. I have actually been planning to bake this for a long time, definitely will sometime soon! The pictures look amazing. Do these top up your 'best ever brownies' post? :)

    How many squares does this recipe make?

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    1. Thank you! This makes a 9x13 tray of brownies, so it depends on how big you like to cut your brownies! ;)
      That's a tough call...
      These are better for bake sales and sharing as they are slightly more cakey than the others (and these have delicious notes of coffee... yum!)
      But the other ones are super fudgy, and better for eating with a spoon in a bowl topped with vanilla ice cream :)
      So it really depends on the occasion!

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  2. omg omg omg I need to make these ASAP! I've had the recipe sitting around, waiting for me, and now's the time. Those need to be the next thing I make!

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    1. I hope you make them too! Tell me how they turn out!

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  3. I loooove your blog!! I'm also in high school! These look so good. I will definetly be making them!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love to meet other high-school foodies out there :) Shoot me an email sometime!

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  4. As usual - great pics! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. A recipe from Baked. will definitely win me over! I can't wait to make these! So it is cakey and fudgy? Which is it more of, cakey or fugdy? I cannot believe the computer still can't accept the terms 'cakey' and 'fudgy' as a word. Hate seeing that red zig zaggy line. Yep there it goes again.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about the zig-zag line! (I just got one for writing the word zig-zag... AAHHHHH). It is definitely a fudgy brownie, but not as fudgy as the David Lebovitz version that I used to make (with only a few tablespoons of flour!). Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of cakey brownies -- if you want a cakey brownie, why not just eat a piece of chocolate cake? So these are definitely on the fudgy end of the spectrum.

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