Supernatural Brownies

In Chocolate, Desserts on July 21, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I love brownies, and I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love them.
I’m always looking for new brownie recipes in all of my books and all over the internet. But at the end of the day, I always come back to this recipe.

These brownies by Nick Malgieri made a name of themselves, and for a good reason. They are very simple to make, but there is only one condition for making then right- don’t dry them in the oven! (Or else you will get a great chocolate cake, but not brownies). The original recipe calls for 35-40 minutes of baking, but from my experience, that’s way too much. I suggest you start checking on them after 12-15 minutes, and decide if their done.

Oh, and if you get invited to someone and their asking you to get something sweet, bake these, they make a such great impression (for me, anyhow).

Supernatural brownies/ Adapted from “Chocolate: From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers,” by Nick Malgieri (Morrow Cookbooks, 1998):

200 gr. butter
225 gr. bittersweet chocolate
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, such as Muscovado
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or 3/4 cup whole walnuts, (optional)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. Prepare a 13-by-9-inch (thats 32 on 22 cm.) baking pan and line with wax paper.
Melt butter and chocolate together. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl or mixer, whisk eggs. Whisk in salt, sugars and vanilla.
Whisk in chocolate mixture. Fold in flour just until combined. If using chopped walnuts, stir them in. Pour batter into prepared pan. If using whole walnuts, arrange on top of batter. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until shiny and beginning to crack on top. Cool in pan on rack. Refrigerate the brownies in the baking pan for at least 2 hour to ensure that the brownies wont crumble when cut. When brownies are cold, cut into servings.

Keep in room temperature, or refrigerated.

My variations:

  • Reduce the sugar amounts- I suggest 3/4 cup for the tow kind of sugars, and you can reduce it even more.
  • add any kind of alcohol to you taste, I like adding Irish cream or Frangelico (I add about 3 tablespoons)
  • Add white chocolate chunks to the mixture, after you cut it, it gives the brownies a great look and a great taste.
  • Take a few tablespoon of strawberry jam, heat it slightly, pour over the mixture in the pan, and make swirls using the end of a sharp knife.
  • Top them with 3 kinds of chocolate- milk, white and bittersweet. This gives a great look.

  1. I love brownies, and they’re a great thing to make for friends because no one ever says no to at least one piece :)

  2. Oh wow, these brownies look AMAZING!! I’m still on the hunt for a gluten free brownie, I’m scared to start searching, cause someone has to eat the final products and test them!! ;)
    Absolutely beautiful pictures!

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