Recipe for Chocolate Brownies

I love brownies. I always have and I always will – without nuts. I love all kinds of nuts, by the handful, in baked goods and sprinkled on a variety of food items. But, a chocolate brownie without nuts is heavenly. They are included in our snack basket and I always receive compliments. Bill and I almost always have a small piece as a taste test to insure quality. At least that’s our reasoning, but we can’t come up with an excuse for adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, except that it tastes so good.

I’ve been making this same recipe since 2004 when I found it in an issue of “Cook’s Illustrated“, a wonderful magazine filled with recipes that have been tested to the max. So, I will give all the credit to the magazine for these delicious chocolate brownies.

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share? I would be delighted to test it out in my kitchen.

The Best Chocolate Brownies:

1-1/4 c. cake flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking powder
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
2 /14 c. sugar
4 large eggs
1 T. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Fit a piece of tin foil on the bottom and up the sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spray with nonstick cooking spray – not too much.
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
Melt chocolate and butter in a large bowl in the microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir and heat for another 30 seconds. Stir the mixture until it is completely smooth. You may have to repeat for another 15 seconds. Gradually whisk in sugar.
Add eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition until thoroughly combined.
Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, folding with a spatula until batter is completely smooth.
Thansfer batter to prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool on rack to room temperature, then remove brownies. I flip them over to remove the foil, then flip them back again. Cut to desired squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.

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