If you are anywhere near New York City, or much of the East Coast for that matter, you probably have some level of cabin fever from being cooped up inside this weekend! I was certainly going stir crazy yesterday. And even though it’s possible to get out today, it’s still an absolute mess out there! So, I decided to bake, naturally.
I planned on baking brownies this weekend anyway since it’s a friend’s birthday and he loves chocolate! There is no shortage of chocolatey goodness in these intensely flavorful brownies. I mean, they are really chocolatey. I’m not the kind of person who drinks milk, but these brownies were made for milk. Or go really crazy and serve them with some vanilla ice cream.
I decided to be really organized about making them, so I set up my mis-en-place and filmed myself mixing and stirring. So, be on the look out for the how-to video! In the meantime, I’ve included the recipe below, which is really all you need so that you can have these amazing brownies on your table!
- 10 tablespoons (141 grams) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour (50 grams)
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder (50 grams)
- a dash of salt
- 2 medium eggs (75 grams)
- ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (162 grams)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips (112 grams)
- Chop the butter into one-inch pieces. Place half in a bowl or saucepan and melt. Once melted, combine it with the remaining butter in a small bowl. (All of the butter will not melt completely.) Set aside.
- Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder. Add the salt and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Place the sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whisk on medium-low for 2-3 minutes, until well combined and it forms a ribbon. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
- With the mixer running on low, add ⅓ butter, and mix. Then, add ⅓ of the flour mixture and mix. Continue two more times until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
- Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix until incorporated.
- Fold in the chocolate chips. Cover and let the batter rest for two hours in a cool place (not the refrigerator, although, you can refrigerate the batter at this point for up to two days. Just bring to room temperate before baking.)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Carefully fill the molds with the batter (a piping bag will make this super easy, but I just used a spoon and knife).
- Once the oven is fully preheated, bake for approximately 16 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean (except for melted chocolate from the chocolate chips!)
- Once the brownies are ready, remove from the oven and allow them to cool in their moulds for 10 minutes so that they will retain their shape. After 10 minutes, invert the moulds to release the brownies onto a cooling rack, and allow them to cool completely.
- They may be kept in a sealed container for up to three days. Also, you may dust them just before serving with powdered sugar.
This recipe is adapted from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook.