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#55: CHEWY BROWNIES from Fine Cooking Magazine

Posted by: Meryl at 1:09 am on Mar 25, 2007

I like these both at room temperature and chilled (they're fudgier when chilled). I think the baking time listed is too long for metal pans - I did mine about 32 minutes (see notes below about pans).


Added flour helps to give these brownies their chewiness. It's important not to overbake these or they'll dry out.


4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter; more for the pan
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1-1/2 cups sugar
Scant 1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) flour
2 Tbs. natural cocoa (not Dutch-processed)


Position an oven rack on the middle rung. Heat the oven to 350F. Butter an 8-inch square pan, line the pan bottom with parchment (or waxed paper), and then butter the parchment.

In a double boiler over simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove the pan from the heat; cool slightly. Stir in the sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, stirring each time until blended. Add the flour and cocoa; beat until incorporated and the mixture is smooth, 30 to 60 seconds. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top is uniformly colored with no indentation and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 45 min. (I baked about 32 minutes in a shiny metal pan).

Set the pan on a rack until cool enough to handle. Run a paring knife around the inside edge of the pan and then invert the pan onto a flat surface and peel off the parchment. Flip the baked brownie back onto the rack to cool completely. Cut into squares with a sharp knife. (I let the brownies cool in the pan, then cut them into squares on the parchment).

This recipe can be doubled easily; use a 13X9-inch pan and increase the baking time slightly.
The recipe gives a range of baking times -- use the shorter time for metal pans, the longer for Pyrex pans.

Yields sixteen 2-inch squares. (I cut them into 12 squares).

From "Baking Brownies Just Right: Cakey, Chewy, or Fudgy"
Recipe by Cindy Mitchell - Fine Cooking Magazine


A balanced diet is equal parts of milk and dark chocolate.