Saturday, April 3, 2010

Fudgey Brownies

I have a very sad story.  Last Tuesday my hard drive died; as in it froze, burnt out, stopped working and ceased to exist.  Then because the last time I used Time Machine to back-up my computer was March 16th, I lost two weeks worth of data, including 5 recipes worth of photos.  Needless to say I was stressed.  But in the time between my hard drive dying, getting a new one on, re-installing OS X and restoring my hard drive I decided I need to bake.

If you have been reading my blog, you would know that I love Mollie Katzen's "The New Moosewood Cookbook."  Her entrees are some of my favorite I have ever made, but I haven't made too many of her desserts.  I usually prefer to develop my own.  But these brownies, oh, they are amazing.  I think the last time I made them was two years ago when I was living out in New Mexico working at Philmont and I felt it was time to make them again.  These brownies are incredibly fluffy, while still being dense and fudgey, and the crumb has a wonderful texture.  To enhance them even further I added some chocolate chips and ground cinnamon (it adds an incredible depth to chocolate).

Moosewood's Fudgey Brownies
Adapted from The New Moosewood Cookbook
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 5 oz of baking chocolate
  • 1 ¾ cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  1. Let soften 2 sticks of butter (don't melt it)
  2. Melt the 5 oz. baking chocolate with a doubler boiler. Let cool.
  3. Cream the butter with 1 3/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar and 5 eggs until light and fluffy. Add 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract. Beat in the melted, cooled chocolate.  Stir in flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 ½ cups of semisweet chocolate until just combined.
  4. Spread into a buttered 9x13" baking pan. Bake 20-30 minutes (mine took more like 40 minutes, but once again, I have a student housing oven) at 350 degrees.
  5. Cut immediately after removing from the oven and wait about 10 minutes until serving.

1 comment:

Sook said...

Oh I am so sorry that your hard drive died. That is just awful! I fear that is going to happen to me in the near future. I really need to back up my stuff.... The brownies look fabulous!


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