Cheat Day Recipe! Fudgy To Die For Brownies!
Posted on February 07 2015
You work really hard and you deserve a reward! Here is one of our favourite most decadent desserts! These brownies are so dense and delectably fudgy. Serve them warm with a spoon of vanilla ice cream and you will think you've died and gone to dessert heaven.
- 10 tablespoons (145 g) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups (250 g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (65 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
- 1/4 rounded teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, cold
- 1/2 cup (70 g) all-purpose flour (we use Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour)
- 2/3 cup (75 g) chopped walnuts or pecans OR semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
Add enough water to a medium saucepan so that it is 1 to 2 inches deep. Heat water until barely simmering. Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder and the salt in a medium heat-safe bowl. Rest bowl over simmering water (if the bottom of the bowl touches the water, remove a little water).
Melt butter in the microwave in 20sec increments, and add sugar, cocoa powder, and salt to bowl, and mix Well.
Stir in vanilla with a wooden spoon or spatula. Then, add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one.
When the batter looks thick, shiny and well blended, add the flour and stir until fully incorporated, then beat with the wooden spoon or spatula for 40 to 50 strokes. (The batter will be quite thick). Stir in nuts or chocolate chips, if using. Spread evenly in buttered or lined pan.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out almost clean (you want it to be a little moist with batter). Note: Some have found they need to bake an extra 10 minutes, so keep an eye on the doneness of the brownies and use the toothpick test as your guide.
Cool completely then remove from pan. For the cleanest lines when cutting, place into freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to firm up. Cut into 16 squares.