The “perfect” Brownie…

 

Comfort food…I think that’s what we Minnesotans need because we may be¬†dealing with more snow tomorrow! Good grief… ūüôā

Evergreens after snowfall

¬†At least it melts quickly this time of year!…Melting spring snow on tulip leaves

What makes the perfect comfort food? Brownies, of course!

 Here is a recipe for what I think is the perfect brownie! Moist, not too sweet, thick and a bit chewy, and of course filled with a decadent deep chocolate flavor!

 

chocolate browniesI served these for Easter with a¬†dolip of Malted Chocolate Whipped Cream. I’ll be giving you the recipe for that¬† sometime in the future… ūüôā

 Nigella Brownies

 Place into a heavy saucepan:

      8 oz ( 8 squares) semi-sweet chocolate

      4 oz. ( 4 squares) bittersweet chocolate

      3 sticks salted butter ( 1-1/2 cups)

Slowly melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. When the chocolate is lukewarm, whisk in one at a time:

      6 eggs (* see note at bottom)

Whisking well after each egg addition.  Then add:

      1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

      1 teas salt

      1- 3/4 cup sugar

Whisk well. Then add:

      1 1/2 cup flour

Slowly whisk just until flour has been incorporated. Then add:

       1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Gently stir in the chips in, then pour into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

¬†An inserted toothpick into the center will not come out totally clean.¬† (These can be tricky to know when they are done. At around 25 minutes, ¬†when the center appears puffed, I stick a toothpick into the outer edge and use this as a guide to know when the center is done. When the toothpick inserted into the center appears like the outer edge toothpick, I know the brownies are done. The toothpick will have some chocolate smears on it, but it will not be¬†gooey…)

* When adding the eggs, crack the eggs into a cup first before adding it to the batter. This will prevent a disaster if you happen to crack a bad egg or get an eggshell into your chocolate.