Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Need Chocolate!

I'm blaming Food Network for this little affliction. Them and their week-long Chocolate-laden programming. No matter. I know just how to fix things.

Once again I am turning to my interpretation of Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies. I call these my Brazen Brownies.

Here I have unsalted butter, left-over coffee, kosher salt, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, large eggs, all-purpose flour and some flour for coating some of the chocolate chips..

First the butter and most of the chocolate chips are melted together in the microwave.

The eggs, sugar, vanilla and coffee are blended together.

The chocolate mixture is ready to be added...

In with the egg mixture. Remember, the chocolate cannot be too hot or the eggs will cook.

Just think, we are half-way there.

Now the flour, baking powder and salt get mixed into the batter. Do not over-mix this. The flour should just be incorporated into the chocolate mix.

The remaining flour is mixed with the remaining chocolate chips. This will keep the chips from sinking to the bottom of the batter.

Finally the chips are gently mixed into the batter.

The brownie mixture is poured into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking dish. This then goes into a preheated 350 degree oven. The timer is set for 15 minutes. At that point, I take the pan out and sharply rap it on the oven rack to let the excess air out of the batter. The brownies go back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
Now, this is very important. DO NOT over-bake the brownies. They will NOT be set and you can not use a toothpick to check for doneness. Just take them out any way. Trust me on this.

The brownies are done (but not set) and are put out to cool before being placed in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning these beauties are ready to be eaten. These are dense, rich, fudgey brownies. There is nothing shy about these babies. They just scream, "I am chocolate, hear me roar!"
I think my chocolate craving has been fixed.


MrsVJW said...

I suddenly feel like an idiot for just following the recipe every time and doing the chocolate/butter over a double-boiler. *smacks self on forehead* I've easily made these a dozen times, often mixing it up with different chips/nuts, and they're always so good.

And they freeze wonderfully for those future cravings.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those look delish!
Can't wait to try them at the park's next get-together.

Kimmy, from Kimberly Gardens Mobile Home Park