But if you like all of those factors in a brownie, then yeah, I think you’ll like these a little bit.
I was looking around for a good fudgy brownie recipe and cobbled one together. Brownies, in theory, are relatively easy. If you want them chewy and fudgy, it doesn’t really matter if you mix the batter up a lot and activate the gluten in the flour. They’re fairly forgiving, and you can add and subtract ingredients as you see fit.
And yet, the application of brownie making is something I can almost never execute. They come out cakey. Or dry. Or overcooked. Or too crunchy on the edges. Or stuck to the pan. But you know what? These brownies kicked some major ass, and only dirtied up two bowls. I would have taken step-by-step pictures for you, but, well, I kind of coated myself in buttery-chocolate after the first step and Albany John was working on something in his office, so what was I supposed to do? Ask my neighbors? I’d have to put on pants for that, which would have been incredibly difficult with my arms covered in chocolate.
But trust me. This brownie recipe isn’t frou-frou and difficult. Hell, most recipes call for mixing the eggs with the sugar, and adding everything in steps… I just melted butter and chocolate, mixed the dry ingredients together, and plopped everything else in. Worked like a charm. Your brownies aren’t going to suck if you add the eggs in with the chocolate, okay? You’re good. These are not hard, and I actually like tediously precious recipes.
I’ve realized that oven temperature also plays a big role. So I lowered the baking temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and let it bake longer. I figured, it works for cheesecake, so why not brownies? IT WORKS. Lower temps = fudgier brownies = happier Albany Jane.
Now, I’m not a big chocolate person, but I freaking love brownies. I can’t explain it. I especially love the fudgy ones with chunks of chocolate. So I tossed in some chunks in the batter. And some cacao nibs. THESE ARE AWESOME. They add a nutty, crunchiness to brownies that is incredibly addictive.
Albany John usually turns his nose up at my desserts. He doesn’t really have much of a sweet tooth. But from start to finish, he kept asking when they were going to be done. Letting them cool off in the window was painful for him. He kept saying they were cool enough, even though I couldn’t pull them out of the pan because they were still so hot and fudgy. He ate like, 2.5 of these brownies, which is impressive because he usually will have a bite of dessert and leave it at that.
Haha! Now I don’t suck at baking brownies anymore! These are AWESOME BROWNIES!
1/3 c whole wheat flavor
Mix together flours, cocoa powder, and sugar.