I think I mentioned before that I was on the hunt for perfect brownie recipe. I tried other recipes before but they came out not as I expected. Some were too cakey while others too dry. I like my brownie chewy, fudgy with the subtle crunch at first bite. Of course, being chocolatey as chocolate can get is a given. I want the best brownie recipe that could serve as my blank canvas I can experiment with later on.
And gladly, this weekend, I finally found it. I was reading Matt Lewis Renato Poliafito's Baked: New Frontiers in Baking when I saw an absolutely mouthwatering picture of brownies. And when they proudly said that it was -
- One of Oprah's favorite things
- Awarded the Best Brownie Honors by America's Test Kitchen
- Featured in The Today Show
I know my search is over. This is it. And wow, it didn't disappoint. It was everything I wanted in a brownie in more.
Want the best brownies recipe of all time? Here it is :)
The Baked Brownie Recipe
adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
What we need:
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces (311.7g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (8 ouces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
(1) Melt together butter, dark chocolate and coffee powder in a pan set over a saucepan with simmering water.
(2) Once melted turn off the heat and add white and brown sugar.
(3) Mix until completely combined. Bring the mixture to room temperature.
(4) In the meantime, line your baking pan with Cut Rite or Parchment Paper. The book requires a 9x13 inches pan but I don't have one. The nearest was a 9x12. That should do :)
(5) In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, salt and cocoa powder. Sift or dry whisk and set aside.
(6) Once the chocolate mixture has cooled to room temperature. Add 3 eggs. Whisk until just combined, no streaks of eggs left. Then add the remaining 2 eggs. Add in the vanilla extract.
(7) Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the chocolate mixture. Fold using a spatula (do not use a whisk) only until combined.
(8) Spread evenly on the pan and bake for 30 minutes. Make sure to rotate the pan halfway through the baking time.
Special thanks to my friends Nadia and Leslie for best brownie baking recipe tips: Do not overmix and do not overbake. Thanks a bunch!!! :D