Saturday, June 19, 2010

The "Baked" Brownie NYC

If you've been reading food blogs at all over the past year or so I'm sure you've heard about THE Baked Brownie (aka. Oprah's favorite brownie). Its praises have been sung by The Today Show, Martha Stewart and America's Test Kitchen. They don't have any nuts, chocolate chips or frosting and that's because they don't need any such frills. Nothing fancy, nothing showy. Just pure bliss.

As you can see, they are fantastic, at least by my son's standards. Extremely chewy with a crinkly, papery top. My supervisor said these were "the closest thing you can get to fudge without it being fudge!"

This recipe is a must-try. Even if it's just so you brag and say "I've tried the BAKED Brownie recipe". So far I have made it with both dark chocolate as called for in the recipe and with milk chocolate because it's what I had on hand. Both were wonderful. I have been tempted to add walnuts but right now I'm so happy to have 'discovered' these that I'd rather not mess with a good thing!

The recipe is found in Baked: New Frontiers in Baking along with other winners like Lemon Lemon Loaf, Peanut Butter Crispy Bars and Malted Milk Ball Cake.

The "Baked" Brownie
9 x 13 inch pan | Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together.

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.

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.

Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.

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 cut them into squares and serve.

Tightly covered with plastic wrap, the brownies keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

"Baked" Note:
A great brownie is easy to make, but here are a few pointers: (1) Use a dark unsweetened cocoa powder like Valrhona. A pale, lightcolored cocoa does not have enough depth. (2) Make sure your eggs are at room temperature, and do not overbeat them into the batter. (3) Check your brownies often as they bake. An even slightly overbaked brownie is not a Baked Brownie.


Brenda De Sousa said...

Tia, your son is TOO cute!!! He sure is enjoying his brownie. :o) My son loves brownies too and I absolutely have to make these for him. They sound amazing, thanks for sharing!

egirlwonder said...

Yum! These look great! Is this the kind of thing you should break out the expensive chocolate for?

(Your son is too cute!)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Tia, can you please pass for me too as I already mentioned you that I am a chocoholic. Lovely looking recipe and pics. I bookmarked it and definitely making it. You son is soooooooooo cute and handsome :)

Maillardville Manor said...

I cannot wait to make these!!!! Lee is drooling over my shoulder at them too!!!! I heard of them and wanted to try them for a while now! can't wait! Your little guy is seriously too cute! I can't believe how big he is now!

Natalie... said...

mmmm i love brownies, these sound so good hehe. sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to try these someday. Your son is so sweet!

Jennifurla said...

Love the pics of your son, I need to try these famous brownies.

Helen said...

Love your son, he is certainly loving this brownie. I will have to make it to see what all the hype is about!

Cakebrain said...

I have that cookbook too and have been drooling over the recipes! Your son is so cute! he looks like he`s really enjoying the brownies! yum!

Jennifer said...

Your son is precious!

I made these earlier in the year-they were FABULOUS! I agree they are really fudgey and oh-so-decadent!

Tia said...

aww thank you all for your comments about my son :)

egirlwonder - yes, definitely DO break out the good chocolate, these brownies are worth it. However, don't feel you HAVE to use the super good stuff either. I have also made this recipe usin cheap sale chocolate chips melted down and it was just as yummy.

Katie said...

Holy moly! Absolutely trying these brownies this weekend, sounds like the perfect thing to get rid of the winter chills.

p.s. you have the cutest little boy ever!!

Jencrafted said...

What perfect timing? I'm searching for a simple brownie recipe to bake and share with some new friends here and this is PERFECT! Thanks, Tia!!
Your son is so, so cute!

RamblingTart said...

LOVE these photos of your son, Tia! Ohh, he is such a cutie and clearly LOVES his Mama's baking. :-)

~Nikki~ said...

Ok #1, your son is too cute! And #2 the brownies look delicious and amazing. I wish I could grab one right through the computer!

Justin said...

i have to finally get a copy of this book

Annmarie Kostyk said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I've never heard of this brownie! I guess I need to watch more TV! These sound fantastic. Going to make some this weekend as some as I get a glitch out of my Chocolate Lasagna recipe. Will be posting this on my chocolate blog today with kudos and trackbacks to your blog! Thanks.