Monday, March 1, 2010

Brownies for the Fudgy Gooey Camp

Fudgy Goeey Brownies

Ok, so I just realised that in an effort to make good 'blog-worthy' stuff and to challenge myself, I've been ignoring the classics, the things that are a hit no matter what! All my friends keep requesting things like chocolate cake and brownies, and I only bake things like various pies, beignets, and other things they haven't even heard of! Personally too, I'd much rather bake things that involve my favorite sight in the world, melted chocolate!!

Melted chocolate for brownies
Ofcourse, you don't want to do this!

don't do this!
And if at all you do, just pick the spoon out, and put it into the sink. Or if you're like me, you could take a break from the baking, and enjoy the chocolate.

I decided to make probably my favorite dessert of all time, brownies!! I am strictly of the fudgy gooey, while slight chewy camp. I don't like them to be like uncooked batter, [though I wouldn't mind eating a few of those], and I absolutely HATE cakey brownies. This brownie, in my opinion is the perfect combination of fudginess and gooeyness. It's decadently rich, and one small bite fills all your senses. You will not be able to stop at one, that's for sure. The recipe [slightly modified] is from a bakery in NY that I've been dying to go to, and whose cookbook I absolutely love!! <3

And here's a method I always use to ease removal of brownies. It's pretty common a thing to do, and makes things sooo much easier! Just line the pan with parchment paper/foil leaving a little overhang on all 4 sides, like this - 
parchment overhang

If you're wondering how that helps, once the brownies are done, just ease out the sides, and holding the edges, you can take the entire thing out, like so - 


Fudgy Brownies

Adapted from The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread
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10 oz semisweet chocolate
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup [1 1/2 stick, 170 g] butter
1 cup [240 g] granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract/ a vanilla bean
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp [67.5 g] flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt - Omit if using salted butter, like I did
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips [optional]
1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts [optional]

Instructions -
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Grease and line a 9x13 pan. To ease removal and cutting of brownies, leave a little overhang, as shown in the picture.
  2. Melt the semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate and butter in a double boiler, or microwave. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. In the meanwhile, combine together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Do not overbeat!
  4. Once chocolate is cooled, add in the egg mixture. Stir to combine. I always use a wooden spoon/spatula to make brownies, rather than a mixer.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and add to the chocolate mixture. Stir just well enough to combine, making sure you get right to the bottom of the pan. Stir in nuts and chocolate, if using. I love adding a layer of chips to the very top as well, which is what I've done.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted has crumbs sticking to it, rather than wet batter. The center will remain soft. Do not overbake! Cool completely in pan.
  7. Using the overhang of parchment/foil, gently lift the brownies off the pan. I find refrigerating these brownies makes cutting way easier. Either way, cut into squares, using a tool like this will make cutting a breeze.
Please try these brownies! You will love them! Waiting to hear your responses :)

Using these to celebrate Divya's blogoversary :)


  1. I'm in that same camp. Cake is for cake, brownies should be gooey and fudgy! These look spectacular. I wish I could stick my finger into some of that batter! :D

  2. i like the fudgey brownies too and these are just so. I m drooling!

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  4. Those look delicious!! My mouth is watering!

  5. I'll join the club too..Brownies should be dense,moist and fudgy..and your brownie looks just that..yummmm:):)Wish I could have a slice;)

  6. yummmm..mouth watering..such moist and gooeey brownie..

  7. Oh, yum! I agree, sometimes I have to settle back into making some of the classics for a while...they are still just as good as ever! :-)

  8. I was on my way down to the comment box to remark about these brownies, but I noticed Zaharia's spam comment and just busted out laughing!!!!!!! :D hahahahaha you might want to think about deleting that before you get some strange visitors from google!

  9. My goodness! These are bound to be good. I want that Amy's cookbook.

  10. I'm part of the chewy cakey camp when it comes to brownies. About the piping, as I said in my post, I used the 2d tip, not the 1m.

  11. I'm in the same brownie camp as you, for sure! And I always line my pans with foil!
    I haven't tried this recipe and will have to soon!

  12. If I'm going to eat brownies I want them fudgy and gooey with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! :)

  13. Valerina - I love how you said that... cake is for cake! That's going to be my new motto :P

    Natalie - Make them, make them! :D

    Zaharia - I'm speechless :P

    livelifeeatright - Thanks! That was the purpose :P

    Divya - You could, if you make them :P

    Deepa - Thanks! It really was amazing!

    Tracy - Yup, aren't they just the best! Thinking of other classics to try out!

    Cassie - Hahaha I know!! I used the o-word to decribe these brownies, changed it immediately after the comment!

    Emily - Even though this is the only thing I've made from the book, it sure seems like a great book to have!

    Steph - Oh! I might be baking some of those type soon! And yup, I did see that! Only in my haste, made an error. The next comment explains it!!

    Katrina - Yayy! So many people in this camp! We are winning :P

    Ingrid - Oh my, you just took it straight to heaven! I had a few with ice cream, and I have no words to describe how good it was!

  14. Oooo~ Those look gooey and yummy.

    Nice blog, I've been reading it for awhile now. :3

  15. Hey Avanika..the event is on till April 1st!!

  16. Aparna - Thank you so much :D

    MissNekoChan - Glad that you decided to leave your thoughts :D Thanks a lot!!

    Divya - Hmm.. Lots ok time! I'll try and participate :)

  17. I would love to try one. I have never tried a brownie, so maybe now I will have no excuse.

  18. I am in the fudgy gooey camp and these look just right for me.

  19. Okay,I am in on this one! I lovvvve fudgy brownies! Yours look perfect!

  20. Wow...loved the look of that brownie....iam also on ur side of brownie...fudgy and gooey...hate the cakey ur stylt of writing as well...the spoon falling into happenes all the time here....Hey sweety,ur blog is real good and iam just looking around for a follower button!

  21. Anda - I can't believe you!! Never tried a brownie?? Go, go and make these now!!

    Sweet and Savory - Yayy for us. We sure are winning!

    Ria - Thank you so much!! xoxox

    Shabs - Thanks!! Being praised on my writing is a first, so I'm ecstatic! Did you find it??


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