Okay, so one of my favorite indulgences in life is chocolate. I've been pretty honest about that with you on here over the past 3.5 years. So it wouldn't be a stretch to tell you that one of my absolute favorite things to closet binge (No, I don't actually hide in a closet...but no one on the planet has any idea how many brownies I can actually put away in one day. It is astounding...) is fudge brownies, would it?? Didn't think so...
not going to bother with a history of brownies or when I had my first
taste of a brownie, I'mna get right to the recipe because lol...let's
face it, I'm hungry and there is chocolate involved. Also, these are
TOTALLY the easiest brownies you'll ever make! You'll wonder why you've
ever bothered with box mixes. Let's get started, no time to waste!
Fudgiest Fudge Brownies
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
2 1/2 c. organic cane sugar
1 1/2 c. + 4 T. cocoa powder (I use Callebaut...it is THE best!)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. vanilla paste or extract
4 large free range brown eggs (yeah, brown makes a difference!)
1 c. all purpose flour (I always use King Arthur)
1 1/3 c. walnuts or pecans, optional (I didn't add them)
Preheat your oven to 325 F
Grease well and line 9 x 13 cake pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
a large glass bowl gently whisk together sugar and cocoa powder. Cut
butter into 1 T. pats and toss them in the bowl with the cocoa and the
sugar. At this point you can either pop it in the microwave for 1
minute, check it and let it go for 1 more minute and then stir OR you
can go to the bother of putting water in a large pot and allowing the
butter to melt in a double boiler method. (But, I have a 3.5 month old,
an 18 month old, and a 4.5 year old...I'm goin for the microwave every
time with this particular recipe.)
sure you mix the ingredients together well, scraping down the bowl if
necessary to make sure all of the cocoa powder makes it into the butter
and sugar properly. Add in the vanilla paste/extract and salt; stir
well. Now start adding your eggs...tedious as it is going to be, add
your eggs one at a time stirring the mixture well after each addition.
can keep stirring if you feel like you have the upper arm strength to
do so, but this batter gets awful thick very quickly. I never make it
through the addition of the flour without having to whip out my
Cuisinart electric hand mixer. I've never been able to mix this in my
stand mixer without having to stop it and scrape down the sides
eleventy billion times to make sure the bottom and sides of the bowl to
make sure there isn't any rogue batter not getting flour mixed into
it.... Just use an electric hand mixer folks...)
batter should be beautifully glossy at this point. All that is left to
do is add the flour. Mix the flour in well; you may have to scrape
down the edges once or twice. When you have the flour completely
incorporated turn the batter out into the greased cake pan and spread
around so it is evenly distributed in the pan.
for 35-40 minutes, checking at 35 minutes with a toothpick. If they
aren't done, check again at 40 minutes. Take them out when the
toothpick inserts and comes out clean. Put on a cooling rack and allow
to cool completely before eat them.
At this point you have options. One of my favorite
things to do to brownies is turn them into German Chocolate Brownies. I
accomplish this by simply adding my Coconut Pecan Frosting
to the top of my pan of brownies.
Biggity Bam!....awesomeness. I
can't eat more than one at a time, but with organic cane sugar....you
don't need to. When you eat REAL sugar, your body gets its fix
quickly. Also fabulous on these would be a peanut butter frosting.
Errr meeee gerrrrrsh, there are so many wonderful ways to enjoy these,
but for me...on most days...I like my brownies NAKED. Brownies in the
buff.... Hope you love them as much as we do in this house!!