Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Best Ever Brownies alla Julia Child

These brownies are super gooey and extra fudgy. If a rich and decadent chocolate brownie sounds like something you might enjoy, this may be the recipe for you. They are just the treat to bake for your honey this Valentine's Day. These are, after all, the best ever brownies according to one of the worlds most well known chefs. Try them out and see if you agree with Julia's great insight.

Recipe yields 16 brownies

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
8 oz unsalted butter
6 oz semisweet chocolate
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Start out by preheating the oven to 350F degrees. Sift together the flour and the salt in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk together the eggs and 1 cup of sugar until smooth but thick.

In a double broiler, melt together the butter and chocolate. Once you get a smooth consistency, add the second cup of sugar and whisk for 30 seconds over the heat. Once the sugar is mixed in, remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

Slowly pour half of the egg/sugar mixture into the chocolate, stirring constantly. It is important to keep stirring so that the eggs don't set from the heat of the chocolate. (No one wants scrambled eggs in their melted chocolate!)

Using a hand mixer, whip the other half of the egg/sugar mixture until pale and airy (such that they double in size).

Fold the airy eggs into the chocolate and then mix in the dry ingredients. Pour the batter into a greased baking dish. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Once ready, remove from the oven and allow brownies to cool before cutting. (You can see below I got a little excited and the top layer of brownie started to crumble since I began cutting them too early!) Enjoy!