Dark Chocolate Brownies

Chewy, rich dark chocolate brownies with a depth of flavor unlike any I’d tasted before.  These brownies stand apart from those you’ve tried before, and they definitely leave the ole box mix in the dust.

When I think of brownies, I think of early childhood.  A plate topped with a warm brownie and maybe a dollop of ice cream.  A tall glass of cold milk.  Chocolatey. Chewy. Warm.  And a simpler time when calories didn’t count, and food was more pleasurable somehow.

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Makes 18 small brownies

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces 60% cacao unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies. Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9×9 inch glass baking pan and set aside.

Melt butter in the microwave on 50% power for one minute.  Then, add chopped chocolate and microwave for 30 seconds more or until the butter is fully melted and the chocolate has begun to combine.  With a small whisk, stir the mixture until the chocolate has completely blended.

Slowly stir in both sugars until well combined.  Then, mix each egg one at a time until fully combined.

Add flour, vanilla paste, and salt and blend well.  Spread the batter in prepared baking pan.

Bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes or until a crusty layer forms, and the center is firm and dry.  To ensure proper baking, test with a toothpick – you should insert in the center and remove with a few crumbs.  (If the toothpick comes out dry, you’ve baked too long!)

Place the brownies to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes or more before cutting and serving.

Dark Chocolate Brownies

 

Baking Notes:

This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite old cookbooks.  In the original recipe, 99% cacao dark chocolate and light brown sugar are employed.  I prefer my selections, however, which do increase baking time.

Vanilla paste is essentially an extra thick pure vanilla extract with vanilla bits within.

If it is not available at your local specialty foods store, it can also be ordered online. It is not a highly expensive ingredient.  I purchased my bottle for $6.50.

Remember that with all baking, baking times vary based on a number of conditions, including your elevation, the age and condition of your oven, and so on.  Always monitor your baking and adjust time accordingly.

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