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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!


Oh my!! I am so making this tomorrow...thanks for sharing..your photos as always are such a delight :) hugs

Second the espresso suggestion. I use a tsp. of the powder though, mixed in with the wet ingredients. Adds just the tiniest bit of complexity.

Room for one more under that duvet? Mmmmmmmmmmm - chocolate and cold milk - the BEST combo :)

Oh yeah! Gooey brownies - yummers

Sounds heavenly. Wondering how you keep that couch looking so nice with your puppers. We have a Golden Retriever and our couches aren't looking quite so lovely:)

So, this amount of brownies is ridiculous, and I say that as lovingly as possible. Next time at least triple the recipe and guess what freezes just fine layered in wax paper?? Brownies!!
Your photos are inspiring and beautiful, as always, and I need brownies STAT.

Very much like squidgy(AKA Katharine Hepburn brownies) brownies from Laurie Colwin's book, "More Home Cooking." She uses even less flour resulting in an even fudgier brownie. If you aren't familiar with her cook(ish) books, I think you'd love them.

I eat through your blog....the pictures - always perfect

A Little Blue Dragonfly says: October 12, 2012 at 08:37 AM

Definitely trying these sweet things out. This weekend. Thank you for the recipe! :)

I'm a cakey brownie girl. Which I've been craving for weeks. Too bad this isn't a cakey recipe! I'd make it if it were. As it is fudgy, pish posh.

Oh my! The uncooked batter looked good enough to eat with a spoon, although the finished product looked just as good. Did you save us some? :) xxoo

yummm...these look amazing. thankyou for the recipe, will try soon! mezz

I love brownies, and like you, they have to be fudgey, not cakey! Your recipe reminds me of my favorite one from Barefoot Contessa. She adds some espresso powder to the batter to give just a bit of a kick. I'll have to try your recipe, especially since it seems to make a more reasonably sized batch.

yuuuummmmy- bookmarking and I WILL make this when I buy some quality chocolate

You have, once again, made my day/weekend. I'm going to purchase the baking chocolate and create these treats. Something special for Sunday Dinner's dessert. I, personally, enjoy having treats while I'm reading with a cup of Earl Gray Tea or watching something special that I saved on television.....with my dog in my lap. smile

This is day 7 of a liver cleansing diet and I have the chocolate munchies reeeeeeeally badly. I so wish I hadn't checked in with you!! Off for a glass of water and an apple........(sigh!)

Thanks for sharing your recipe. A good brownie recipe is a treasure.
As always, I love your photos and wish you would come and decorate my house. Pretty please?

Brownies look delicious. I'll have to make them.

Been working on creating greeting cards which I love to do.

Wow, do those look good! Thanks for the yummy inspiring pics!

I love a good brownie recipe..on the menu for dessert tonight! Thanks for the recipe :)

Have a great weekend.

Susan Maurer says: October 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM

Oh yeah - salt and sweet. Perfect. I don't "do Starbucks," but perchance wandered into one yesterday and discovered a "salty caramel" drink. Wow. My new indulgence. Salt and sugar somehow some way together.

These look gorgeous! Will definately be trying this recipe! x


I must know about the light blue tea pot, the one in the middle of the picture of three on the shelf. What brand is it? It is lovely.

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