Sunday, October 18, 2009

Barefoot Contessa – Outrageous Brownies

Note: I added 8 extra ounces of Ghiradelli Double Chocolate dipping chocolate to the melting mix for a smoother mouth feel. I milk chocolate over dark chocolate, and to lighten this brownie you can also leave out the instant coffee to reduce the intense dark flavor. I also don't use nuts in my brownies, I really don't like walnuts, and prefer my brownies nut-free. While these are good brownies, my favorite all time brownie ironically comes from a box - Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownie Mix, Double Chocolate, 20-Ounce Boxes.

Outrageous Brownies by Barefoot Contessa:

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (1 cup for batter and 1/4 cup in the chips and nuts)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups diced walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.

Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Do not over-bake! Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.

Outrageous Brownies Copyright 1999, The Barefoot Contessa CookbookThis was adapted from a recipe for chocolate globs in the Soho Charcuterie Cookbook.

1 comment:

Shaun Tabatt said...

I'm willing to bet each one has enough calories for a small meal. ;-)