Ooey, gooey, chocolately richness in bar cookie form...brownie heaven on my plate! If you're looking for healthy inspiration in today's post, I'm going to disappoint. Don't turn away yet though--we all need some sinfully sweet indulgence every now and then.
Prior to graduate school, I had never attempted to bake a batch of brownies that didn't start with a box. During my first year of grad school, however, I discovered The Food Network and soon began experimenting "outside the box" (pun intended!) when it came to my baking. I still remember my first failed experiment--I tried to make a version of yogurt brownies, but all I had on hand was a carton of fat-free strawberry yogurt. I know, I know: complete foolishness.
Four years later, I'm thrilled to post the ultimate-I'll-never-turn-back brownie recipe, courtesy of my baking idol: Ina Garten. This is the only brownie recipe I ever use now, and if you're looking for a big favor from your loved one, these might do the trick: Ina reports that these brownies are single-handedly responsible for her husband proposing to her.
This batch is in honor of my friend Amy's upcoming birthday celebration. What better way to ring in a girl's 25th year?!
Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies
To up the outrageous-factor, add a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream on top.
PS: This recipe is slightly altered from the original, as I cut it in half to fit in a 13 x 9 pan.
- 2 sticks of butter (NO substitutes!)
- 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 1 TBSP instant coffee powder
- 1 TBSP vanilla
- 1 cup + 2 TBSP sugar
- 1/2 cup flour + 1 TBSP flour (divided)
- 1/2 TBSP baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x9 inch pan.
2) Melt butter, 8 oz. chocolate chips, and 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
3) Beat eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer, until foamy. Stir in cooled chocolate mixture.
4) In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into chocolate mixture.
5) In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 TBSP of flour. Add to the brownie batter.
6) Pour batter in prepared pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes. At 15 minute-mark, gently rap the pan to reduce puffing.
7) Allow to cool. Proceed with caution...this brownie will blow your mind.