King Arthur Flour Brownies...An Awesome Recipe! Have you ever had brownies that are about 1 inch thick and are chewy, fudgy, chocolatey, and a bit cake-like with a nice shiny, crackly top all at the same time? Well, I recently made a BIG batch of brownies...a 13x9 pan! The whole batch had about 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of butter! You know they had to be good:).
My husband has been asking me to make him some brownies...I haven't made brownies for a while now. And whenever I do make brownies, I most always make my World's Chocolatiest Brownies...because my husband thinks they are simply the best. But you see, I have been wanting to make King Arthur Flour's fudgy brownie... a brownie that is KAF guaranteed(meaning they will come out as described). They looked so ... well, like brownies should look,...fudgy with a shiny, crackly crust. I HAD to make them, even if the recipe had well over 2 cups of sugar and 2 sticks of butter. I told myself that it was o.k.... since the recipe did make a BIG pan. I guess I could have halved the recipe. But I didn't. And decided to make the whole batch. I guess I wanted to see what they were like, if it would be a great recipe to have on hand when I need to make a big batch.
I know you can freeze brownies, so I wasn't worried about the big batch the recipe yielded....and my husband wouldn't mind:). It would be a special treat to have a small bite with coffee every once in a while. I mean brownies and coffee...that's a pretty good combination.
For this post, I also wanted to show you how to turn regular brownies into elegant desserts. I was inspired by King Arthur's brownie bites post... so, I guess that is part of the reason why I decided to make the whole batch. Well, with just a few simple decorations, you can turn the brownies into something extra special. Use a raspberry, caramel, chocolate sauce or some sweetened whipped cream to decorate. Make some chocolate curls using a vegetable peeler. I love to make them into mini brownies as well.
These brownies would be extra cute for tea parties. Just cut them in round bite-size pieces and decorate as desired. I love to add various flavorings to my brownies....orange peel/extract has got to be one of my favorites. But I also like to add other flavorings, such as Irish Cream, rum, raspberry and mint.
These brownies delivered....they were incredibly good! If you like chocolate, you will probably like these brownies. Oh, if you like nuts, feel free to substitute some of the chocolate chips with some nuts. Hope you enjoy...
You will need: adapted from King Arthur Flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Double-Dutch Dark Cocoa or Dutch-process cocoa( I used Hershey's DARK)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract*
1 1/2 cups unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 cups chocolate chips
* I used orange peel
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
1. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan
2. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat (or microwave) briefly, just until it's hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.
3. While the sugar heats a second time, crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla till smooth.
4. Add the hot butter/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.
5. Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth. Note: If you want the chips to remain intact in the baked brownies, rather than melting in, let the batter cool in the bowl for about 20 minutes before stirring in the chips.
6. Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan. I used parchment paper on the bottom.
7. Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Mine did excellent at the 30 minute mark, even though the toothpick still had some moist crumbs/filling. It continues to cook as it cools. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.
Make elegant desserts by cutting them in round shapes using a biscuit cutter. Decorate as desired....with whipped cream,shaved chocolate curls(using a vegetable peeler), raspberry sauce, ice cream and caramel sauce...or whatever you prefer, like chocolate covered espresso beans.