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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Best Brownie Ever



 What is a "Brownie" ?


Well, according to thenibble.com, The brownie as born in the U.S.A. in the 20th century.Although cake-like and baked in a cake pan, the brownie is classified as a bar cookie rather than a cake.


The legend tells that the Brownie was born when a chef mistakenly added melted chocolate to a batch of biscuits...a cook was making a cake but did not have enough flour.


Another legend cited in Betty Crocker's Baking Classics and John Mariani’s The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, tells of a homemaker in Bangor, Maine, who was making a chocolate cake but forgot to add baking powder. When her cake did not rise properly, instead of tossing it out, she cut and served the flat pieces.


The actual “inventor” will most likely never be known...


So here we are trying to create our own version for this legendary Cake/cookie known as the Brownie


1/2 cup all-purpose flour (70 gr)

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

one 1/2 tablespoons water

one 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate (170 gr)

3/4 cup butter at room temperature (12 tablespoons or 170 gr)

three eggs

3/4 cup sugar (150 gr)


Preheat the oven to 300 F / 150 C.

Have a 8" (20X20) square baking pan by lining it with foil and greasing it with butter.


Start with the Dry ingredients, whisk the flour, salt and cinnamon and set aside.


Melt the chocolate, you have two ways to melt the chocolate

1. A double-boiler, also known as Ban-Mary.

2. Microwave


Both are just as good, However- microwave is the easy & less messy option.

Place the chocolate in a microwave safe container / bowel and Zap on high for 20 seconds. take it out and stir just to get everything combined and make sure all is melted.


When the chocolate is smooth and warm, add the butter and stir until it's melted.   combine the eggs and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whip attachment,whip until the sugar and eggs are light in color.


Turn the mixer on low and add the chocolate mixture, whip until a thick batter forms. Add the flour mixture and whip just until combined (20 sec).


At that point you can fold a verity of topping like:

Choclate Chips

Black cherry's (my favorite)

Peanut butter chips (my husband's favorite)

Walnuts


And everything you basically want ....


Bake on a middle rack for 55 minutes to one hour, cool and serve.


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