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SINFULLY RICH. The recipe for Fudgy Brownies is found in The Perfect Cookie cookbook. (Carl Tremblay/America’s Test Kitchen via AP)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #17 (September 2, 2019), page 13.

How to make sinfully rich brownies for real chocolate lovers

By America’s Test Kitchen

Brownies are controversial territory to chart: Some like them cakey and light in flavor — more of a snack than a rich dessert; some like them moist and chewy; and others, the biggest chocoholics, like them to be purely decadent — almost as dense as fudge and deliciously dark.

We wanted to make sinfully rich brownies that would be a chocolate lover’s dream, so we started by using three forms of chocolate: unsweetened chocolate for intensity, cocoa powder for complexity, and bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for moisture and well-rounded flavor.

Melting butter along with the chocolate was the key to a fudgy texture, and a generous three eggs contributed richness and structure. In addition to providing a clean sweetness, granulated sugar gave the baked brownies a delicate, shiny, crackly top crust.

We found it best to cut these brownies into small bites rather than big bake-sale squares — a little goes a long way. Tasters preferred the more complex flavor of bittersweet chocolate over semisweet chocolate, but either type works well here, as does five ounces of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips in place of the bar chocolate.

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Fudgy Brownies

Servings: 36

Start to finish: 1 hour

5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Make foil sling for 8" square baking pan by folding two long sheets of aluminum foil so each is 8" wide. Lay sheets of foil in the pan perpendicular to each other, with extra foil hanging over the edges of the pan. Push foil into corners and up the sides of the pan, smoothing foil flush to the pan. Grease foil.

Microwave bittersweet and unsweetened chocolates in a bowl at 50% power for two minutes. Stir in butter and continue to microwave, stirring often, until melted. Whisk in cocoa and let mixture cool slightly.

Whisk sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Whisk chocolate mixture into sugar mixture until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour until no dry streaks remain. Transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.

Let brownies cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about two hours. Using foil overhang, remove the brownies from the pan. (Uncut brownies can be refrigerated for up to three days.) Cut into 36 squares before serving.

Fudgy Triple-Chocolate Espresso Brownies:

Whisk in 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder along with cocoa.

Nutrition information per serving: 98 calories (49 calories from fat); 5 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 38 mg sodium; 12 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 2 g protein.

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