Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Very Fudgy Brownies

I was busy baking these brownies early in a morning while my husband and son were sleeping in their bedroom. I wonder if it is the chocolaty aroma or the noise that I was making the kitchen that woke my husband and son very early in that morning and immediately they came to me and asked for these brownies.

Once the brownies were out of the oven, we started attacking them. We were enjoying their yummy, gooey chocolaty center and it was extremely difficult for us to stop at one piece. Then, I got to plea everyone to stop..."Hey, remember to keep some for my blog, please!" LOL

These brownies are indeed very fudgy. The chocolate that I used for this bake is all the 70% cocoa ones. I'm glad that the sweetness and fudgy texture of these brownies are nicely balanced and we simply love their intense very-chocolaty flavour.

The smell of these brownies is surely a great "gift" to greet our early morning... and also great for our early Valentine day celebration.

very fudgy moist brownies

very fudgy moist chocolate brownies

Here's the recipe from Tish Boyle.
(with my modification in blue)

Makes 48 brownies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
6 ounces high-quality unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 
(I use 70% bittersweet cocoa chocolate)
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I use 70% cocoa chocolate)
4 large eggs
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped or cut into shards 
(I use 70% bittersweet cocoa chocolate)
1. Put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on the narrow ends.

2. Combine the butter, unsweetened chocolate and 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a medium, heavy saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat.

3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and both sugars with an electric mixer on low speed just until smooth. Beat in the salt. Beat in the melted chocolate mixture, then beat in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the flour in two additions (the batter will be thick). Stir in the 7 ounces chocolate.

4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until the top is set but still soft and the edges are puffed and just beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. A toothpick inserted in the center will come out still gooey (be brave!--under-baking the brownies is one of the secrets to their fudgy texture). Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. For the neatest cuts, refrigerate the pan for about 20 minutes before cutting the brownies. Using the foil, lift the brownie slab out of the pan. Carefully peel off the foil and put the brownie on a large cutting board. With a large sharp knife, cut the brownies into 48 squares. 

(The brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days; they can also be frozen, well wrapped, for up to 2 weeks.)

Using 1/2 of the recipe, I've baked these brownies in 20cm square pan at 160°C fan forced for 25 min. 

Happy Baking

This post is a blog hop submission hosted by Lizzy from That Skinny Chick can Bake!!!

And here are also a list of her co-hosts for this event:

A Little Bit of Everything ~ Roxana ~ @RoxanaGreenGirl
ASTIG Vegan ~ Richgail ~ @astigvegan
Badger Girl Learns to Cook
~ Kimberly ~ @BdgrGrl
Baker Street
~ Anuradha ~ @bakerstreet29
Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves
~ Becky Higgins
Baking Extravaganza
~ Samantha
~ Erin ~ @BigFatBaker
Bon a croquer
~ Valerie ~ @Valouth
~ Terra ~ @CafeTerraBlog
Cake Duchess
~ Lora ~ @cakeduchess
Cakeballs, Cookies and More
~ Sue
Cooking with Books
~ Marnely ~ @nella22
Creative Cooking Corner
~ Karriann ~ @KarriannGraf
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~ Three Cookies
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~ Amy
~ Georgie ~ @georgiecakes
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~ Richa ~ @betit19
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~ Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake
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~ Jessica
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~ Mike ~ @mikesbaking
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~ Junia ~ @juniakk
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~ TR ~ @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake
~ Jessica ~ @jesshose
Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives ~ Lisa
Preheat the Oven
~ Jason ~ @officialchefjae
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~ Helena ~ @ricosinazucar
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~ Linda ~ @Spicegirlfla
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~ Reem ~ @simplyreem
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~ Lisa ~ @LisaNutrition
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~ Soni ~ @sonisfood
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~ Laura ~ @Sprint2theTable
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~ Deanna ~ @tspbasil
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~ Liz ~ @Thatskinnychick
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~ Jacqueline ~ @dustybakergal
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~ Ros ~ @bakingaddict
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~ EA ~ @thespicyrd
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~ Susan ~ @wimpyvegetarian
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~ Jackie ~ @veganyackattack
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~ Cindy ~ @VegetarianMamma
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~ Suzanne ~ @YouMadeThatblog

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For each month, I will nominate a specific celebrity chef for us to be star-struck for Cook like a Star and would like to invite everyone to do this blog hop with me. Based on the nominated chef, I will cook or bake one or more of the nominated chef's recipes and do a blog hop with everyone who also cook or bake the nominated chef's recipes.

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  1. I think I'm in chocolate brownie heaven ;D Love the crunchy top and the ooey gooey center ! Yumminess !!!

  2. The close-up of the gooey center is making my stomach growl! This recipe looks soooo good!

  3. good morning, zoe, i would also like to be awakened by the smell of your brownies! nice cracks on the brownies!

  4. ummm.. that looks very indulging Zoe.. yummy.. Would love if you could link up to my event too..

  5. Now these are what I call good looking brownies. Wow! I love the close-up picture of the ooey gooey fudgy goodness. :)

  6. Hi Zoe! These brownies look so rich and gooey, just the way I like them. I love that you use 70% cocoa. I only use 62% and above for anything I make as it just tastes so much better. My kids are so use to dark chocolate that they are not fans of milk chocolate. They think it tastes to fake and sugary. You reminded me that I need to check out a Donna Hay recipe. I am going to do that now!

  7. the brownie look awesome! can i check with you, when you mention beat eggs with sugar till smooth, it it to ribbon stage or? thank you! :)


    1. Hi Chloe, the egg and sugar doesn't need to be in ribbon stage. Otherwise, the brownies will be too fluffy. Just beat them until they are well-combined :D

  8. Wow! I love the top of these brownies, and the inside is so fudgy! yum!

  9. Wow, Zoe, Your brownie looks seriously delicious! These would smiles to my kids! Yum!

  10. You are a good wife and mother, prepare good bake for your family. This will not happen to me, too lazy do baking in the morning, hehehe..Your brownie look absolutely good!

  11. Very delicious n perfect..Feel like digging in..

    Erivum Puliyum

  12. Brownies was always my kids favourite dessert; you just brought to new heights; chocolatey good.

  13. that closeup is simply tempting. gosh, need to get away from that photo.

  14. Chocolate heaven is what these brownies look like! Wish I had a huge one right now. Great recipe an d blog :)

  15. These brownies sound perfect, Zoe! But the photo of the crust - oh man! I always want mine to look like this! I will be making these for sure. Thank you for sharing!! Hugs!

  16. Zoe these brownies look amazing and perfect! Love them:))

  17. This is EXACTLY the way I like my brownies. I am making these for sure. Your photos are excellent

  18. Mmmm....I love brownies. I just made some as well and they were so yummy and sadly all gone. Time to bake something else or maybe more brownies :)

  19. Seriously, who can resist the smell of brownies?! No one! These look delicious :)

  20. These brownies are irresistible. Zoe, do pop over to my blog when you have a moment. thanks

  21. Very sinful but delicious! Such a big temptation to have it :) I have something for you, please feel free to collect it from my blog.

  22. Your brownies look amazingly great!!!
    I have an award for you. Pls drop by and collect.

  23. These brownies definitely have all the qualities that most people look for-crackly top and fudgey center! I can understand why everyone at your house gobbled them up so quickly. Ha-that is a risk, serving them before getting a picture. Not easy to get everyone to stop eating these after they have tasted one. Delicious post.

  24. Hi Zoe, sorry for the late visit. CNY has been keeping me busy for the past couple of weeks. Glad that it has finally end. However, hope you're all well. Is the float effected your area too?
    Btw, your brownie looks amazingly moist & luscious. Wish I can have a slice right now. Slurp...
    Hope you're enjoying your evening, dear.

  25. these really look like the perfect brownies - we all love them gooey and delicious in the middle like this - perfect!
    mary x

  26. Very fudgy indeed - the best brownies are the fudgiest in my opinion :) lovely crispy bits on top too, yum!

  27. Oh, gosh, these are a must try brownie!!! They look spectacular! So happy you joined us for the #chocolatelove blog hop :)

  28. This looks so delicious! I love brownies, I could eat this all!

  29. Nice, rich and gooey brownies fro breakfast for the family, they really look awesome!

  30. Ces brownies sont tout ce qu'il y a d'intense et de délicieux. J'aime beaucoup.
    Je note la recette.
    A très bientôt

  31. These brownies remind me of the supernatural brownies I might all the time. I just made some this past weekend. I added whiskey to them and they had a nice smokey flavor. :)

  32. MMmmm, I love brownies! soft and moist inside, yummy!!!!

  33. I don't know if it's the fudgy center or the crackly top that I like best about these. They look super yummy! :)

  34. delicious looking brownies and links

  35. ha! this always happens to me! i find the better my food is the worse my pictures, because it always gets wolfed down before i can photograph it! these look SO YUMMY!

  36. Wow, they look kids love browines...awesome post!!

  37. Dear Zoe, these brownies look absolutely yummy! The photos are just irresistible! Blessings, Catherine xo

  38. oh wow! these look PERFECT - just the right amount of fudginess :)

  39. This is heavenly!!!!Moist,sweet,irresistible!Love it!xxx


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