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I looove these brownies! REC: On the Fence Brownies

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Posted to Thread #6300 at 4:19 pm on Apr 7, 2007

I love these! I used the Pernigotti cocoa from Williams-Sonoma, and omitted the chocolate chips and nuts.

When they came out of the oven, I put the pan into a sinkful of cold water, hoping to make the brownies chewier. Plus, it cooled it off faster, so I could get nice, clean slices when I cut it.

Son's first reaction was "ooh, these are fluffy!"

Now, "fluffy" is not a texture I normally look for in a brownie, but he was right. I think the baking powder led the brownies to rise more than usual. And yet, the brownie was extremely chocolately, and somehow fudgy, while still being "fluffy". (I guess that's the "cakey" part of it.)

These are not a super fudgy brownie, like the Barefoot Contessa's Outrageous Brownies. To me, those fudgy ones are more of a "special occasion" kinda brownie - these are more of an everyday brownie. The kind that you could easily eat one piece, then just a sliver of another, then......

(In the directions, it says to heat the butter and sugar to 110-120. My thermometer MUST be off, cause mine went to 170 without bubbling!) I just stopped when it looked like the sugar was melted.)

On-the-Fence Brownies
from King Arthur Flour

"Fudgy, cakey, fudgy, cakey... can't make up your mind? These brownies combine the best of both worlds: the fudge brownie's ultra-moist texture, and the nice rise of a cake brownie."

1 cup (8 oz)unsalted butter
2 1/4 (15 3/4 oz)cups sugar
1 1/4 cups (3 3/4 oz)Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup chocolate chips (6 ounces)
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

1. 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 110F to 120F), 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.

2. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth; then add the flour, chips, espresso powder, and nuts, again stirring until smooth. Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch pan.

3. Bake the brownies in a preheated 350F oven for 28 to 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges and in the center (barely). Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving. Yield: Two dozen 2-inch brownies.


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