Friday, February 5, 2010

O. M. G.

The first section of the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion is called "The Essentials", which I've been working through. This includes chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, and, brilliantly, BROWNIES. I was getting a little tired of those plain old cookies. The first recipe is Fudgy Brownies and they ARE SUPER DUPER. Two friends and I polished off that plate up there in one sitting. Oh yes we did. Initial reviews include two thumbs up, two chocolate-faced little girls, and a few enthusiastic "OMG"s. Let us have a moment of silence to reflect on how thankful we are for the brownie section of the KAF. Next up: Cakey Brownies and Cheesecake Swirl. 
Fudgy Brownies
3/4 cup (1 & 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract**
3 large eggs
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional) (I included neither)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional) (yeah baby, I opted for those)
  • Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  • In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, or in a medium saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, add the sugar, stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) just briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it will become shiny as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny crust on top of your brownies.
  • Stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth, then add the flour, and nuts and chips, again stirring until smooth. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. 
  • Bake the brownies for 29 to 32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a tiny amount of crumb sticking to it. The edges should be set, but the center still soft. Remove brownies from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

**one tablespoon seems like a lot of vanilla extract, and I am not normally a fan of a strong vanilla extract presence. But I did put the whole tablespoon into this recipe and could barely taste it, probably because of all that dark cocoa powder.


  1. mmmmm fudgy. Can't wait to hear about the cakey ones (my fav)

  2. What was the Phoebe factor?

  3. Phoebe factor of one, if you include licking off the spatula. Unfortunately, brownies are mixed over the stove and in a hot saucepan, making it a challenging experience to share with little girls. She was happy enough with the spatula and batter all over her face.

  4. Mmmmm...these brownies are still featured heavily in my dreams a full WEEK later! Yum-OH!