Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

When the going gets tough, I make brownies. These deliver huge flavor with minimal preparation, use ingredients you likely have in your pantry and are a great one bowl, spur-of-the-moment offering. So when we needed cheering up after having to let go of our kitty last week, I made these brownies. They're easy and delicious, though not quite as delicious as these. You can prepare them in advance, refrigerate them in the baking pan and bake them off the next day.

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies - adapted from Gourmet

6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chips)
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 (10.2 oz) cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup (5 oz) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (optional)

Butter and flour a 13" x 9" pan and set aside. In a metal bowl, combine the butter, bittersweet and unsweetened chocolates and set it over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolates and butter are melted and combined, then remove from the heat. Let the mixture cool until it is lukewarm, then stir in the sugar and the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring until incorporated. add the flour and the salt, stirring until just combined (a few flecks of flour are OK), then mix in the semi-sweet chips. spread in the prepared pan, smooth the top and scatter the nuts over the top, pressing very lightly. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until a tester comes out with crumbs adhering to it. Cool completely before cutting.


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Anonymous said...

YUM. When the going gets tough, I eat brownies. :P I guess I have to make them first though.

Steph said...

when the going gets tough, I love to bake anything that involves cake batter. I love looking at batter! The brownies look delicious!

Pamela said...

For me...when the going gets rough, I just EAT! Terrible, I know. But these brownies look SO GOOD! I would eat them for any reason.

Jessica said...

Be still my heart. When the going gets tough, these brownies definitely look like the answer. Actually, I'll second Pam. When the going gets tough, I eat, too. It's license to eat whatever I want, but these brownies are on the top of my list now -- tough times or not! Thanks for sharing this scrumptious looking recipe.

Megan said...

Sweet jeebus - are we related? Because I always make chocolate when I am sad and in need of comforting.

Brownies are the perfect antidote to sadness (and I'll be trying that recipe for sure!).

TeaLady said...

Brownies should be in every body's first aid kit. They can cure all ills. Look delicious.

Michele said...

Yum! What an amazing brownie recipe!

Tracey said...

I'll echo a lot of the other commenters' sentiments - I tend to eat when the going gets tough, brownies and everything else that looks good! These brownies would do just the trick!

Katrina said...

Mmm! Great brownies!

Kayte said...

My guys would totally stand behind that when the going gets tough theory of yours! These look like something they would love to eat a ton of!