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Chocolate craving. Resulted in brownies. Which I've never, ever been good at. Until now!!! These were awesome. They're fudgy (not cakey — I don't really like cakey brownies) and salty (the original recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon salt, but I added 1/2) and not too sweet. You can add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, but Larry doesn't, and neither did I. I ate them for dinner with a giant glass of cold milk while sitting under a giant duvet with all the windows open and the October evening blowing in. Oh yeah.

Crowd-Pleasing (Fudgy) Family Brownies
from Sara Bir in The Oregonian, modified by my friend Larry Payne

Makes 16 brownies

7 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cold eggs, straight from the refrigerator
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt the butter in a high-sided saucepan over medium heat, keeping an eye on the pan so the butter does not burn. When the butter is quite hot (you may hear it sizzling or popping a bit), remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir once and set aside to finish melting while you prepare the pan.

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil or parchment paper, letting several inches hang over two opposite sides to create handles. Grease the pan and foil and set aside.

Now, stir the chocolate and butter mixture until it is smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. With a wooden spoon or with an electric mixer, beat in the sugar and salt, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. (Add the vanilla, if using.) Beat in the flour until the batter is smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with moist crumbs, not raw batter, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack or place in the freezer until browies are cool and set. Using the parchment or foil handles, lift the brownies out of the pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into squares and serve!


Brownies! And so perfectly cut. How in the world do you wait long enough for them to cool so they cut so perfectly?!

Loving that sweet flowered shaker.

Oh my goodness, so very delishious, I love brownies and especially presented like this! :-)

Now that's my kind of dinner. :)

Sounds blissful! (Really, what is the point of cakey brownies??)

GIRLFRIEND! You and I are on the same brownie wavelength. I've been craving brownies but the fam demanded snickerdoodles, as I think I mentioned the other day. The next dessert is definitely going to be brownies!!!!

Oh yum! The light in your house is like what we've been having here too. I might have to try these brownies for dinner tonight!

I always love a good brownie recipe! Thanks for sharing.

ooh, I could scoff a couple of those right now with a cuppa!

Ok, now this does it, you have to, I mean it, have to do a cookbook. I can't possibly keep up with all these delish recipes you are showing us, but if I had them in one nice well organized book.PRETTY PLEASE......

What a lovely way to spend the evening. The recipe looks yummy, love fudgy brownies! And it's finally cooling down so I can use the oven! Yay!

Yum, and the Cath Kidston sugar shaker is a nice touch :)

oh, yumminess! And so easy. How do they compare to Ina's Barefoot Contessa Outrageous brownies (which are a bit labor intensive, but oh so delish).

I love to have the windows open and be snuggling under something warm, especially if there's a breeze - absolutely love the feel of wind in the fall. And brownies for dinner - great idea! I think they'd be even better with a scoop of excellent vanilla ice cream and some hot fudge sauce. Thank you for the inspiration.

*num* thank you. unsweetened chocolate will forever remind me of my father, who, after i INSISTED he give me some chocolate, gave me some...baker's chocolate. that put paid to my chocolate craving. that day. i will be trying 'your' brownies. perhaps with a hint of orange?

I had the same chocolate craving that ended in brownies as well last weekend! I believe all brownies should be fudgey and not cakey! Those look delicious and mine were too!

also, drooling
Look away!

Brownies for dinner! Aww man, wish I had more people in my life that think like you do. That sounds amazing..

Hi Alicia, So glad I checked out your blog today. My little boy is home from school - sick. Poor guy. I whipped these bad boys up and he has decided he needs to be sick more often if it means brownies. They were fantabulous! Thanks for the recipe!

These look delicious!! I will definitely try. Do you think chocolate chips in the batter & chocolate frosting on top would be overkill? Triple threat/triple treat. Thanks for the recipe!

Heather (montreal) says: October 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM

I can relate to your dinner choice ;) I've spent years searching for then perfecting the perfect chewy brownie recipes. I have a couple tips to offer you on the 'best' brownies ever.
It's important to beat the eggs til they are triple in volume (~ 5 mins). This is what gives that shell like crust. Add a tsp of strong espresso brewed coffee (replacing the vanilla). It really intensifies the chocolate flavouring by giving it depth. If you feel naughty, a tsp of brandy does wonders to round out the flavours, too. The most important tip, I think, is to freeze them before eating. I know, it takes practice, but you will have the fudgey-est brownie ever- I promise! In fact, I eat them straight out of the freezer.
Should you feel the need to 'gild the lily', here's the recipe for the fudge frosting my grandmother used to make: 1 tin sweetened condensed milk with 2 sqs (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate (chopped), a good pinch of salt. Heat, stirring til slightly thickened. Spread over brownies with offset spatula. This makes enough for a thick 8x8 or a proper 9x13 pan.
The very best - enjoy!

Oh lala tout est beau~Love the cozy pillow photo♥

All I can say is Yummy! xo

Jennifer in KS says: October 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM

Were there good crunchy corners? Can I have one???

Please, please tell me where you bought your tea kettle! My husband just wreaked ours today and I love yours!

{{Brownie recipe pinned with a fierceness.}} Soooo, Imma need you to come design my kitchen/home to look exactly like yours. 'Kay thanks, bye... :)

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My name is Alicia Paulson
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