i'm currently attempting to try a bunch of recipes to pick out my favorites [favorite chocolate chip recipe, favorite favorite brownie recipe, etc]. i recently stumbled upon this recipe for "new classic brownies"...perfect! that is exactly what i am trying to find/create/realize. so of course, i gave it a shot.
after baking them for the recommended 20 minutes, they looked perfectly done, so i stuck them in the bath i had prepared. and after waiting for them to completely cool [which was superhard because they smelled delicious], they were still really mushy inside and hard to cut. my sister and i tried a little and decided they needed to go back in for a bit longer. underdoneness aside, let's get on to the more important success factor: the taste.
oh my god. amazing. i almost didn't want to put them back in the oven because i didn't want to part with them. but i did, if not for the doneness then for the sake of them holding up well enough to take pictures of them.
after taking them out the second time, they were perfect. i already wrote down the recipe and put it in my keepers box :]
i did, however, make some minor changes to the original recipe. here's my adapted version:
new classic brownies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup lightly toasted walnuts or pecans (optional).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square metal baking pan with foil. In top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, or on low power in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir often, and remove from heat when a few lumps remain. Stir until smooth.
Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by flour. Stir until very smooth, about 1 minute, until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. Add nuts, if using. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake 22-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare a water bath: Pour ice water into a large roasting pan or kitchen sink to a depth of about 1 inch. Remove pan from oven and place in water bath, being careful not to splash water on brownies. Let cool completely, then lift out and cut into 1-inch squares or wrap in foil.