“THE” Best Brownies

Imagine…an absolutely HUGE tray of fresh, fudgy brownies (really, who is happy with a small 8×8″ tray of brownies?).  This makes a cookie sheet full of brownies that is soooo adaptable:
– you want them with walnuts and a hint of coffee? no problem!
– you want them with lemon zest and roasted almonds? no problem!
– you want them with a touch of orange and hazelnuts? no problem!
– you want them gluten free?  no problem!
– you want them with pecans, skor pieces and marshmallows? no problem!
– you want all these options in one recipe?
Here you go…And, you’re welcome…
Ingredients:
454g/1 pound/2 cups butter (unsalted is the best)
1 lb  dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips (about 3 cups)
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 c sugar
1/4 c instant coffee
1 1/4 c flour (substitute rice flour for gluten free)
3 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
handful walnuts (about 1 cup), chopped
1.  Heat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet (with sides) with parchment paper.
2.  In a big stainless steel bowl, melt butter and dark chocolate in the microwave (yes, you read it right…microwave…as long as it is stainless steel, it can go in the microwave).  Heat for 2 minutes on high and stir until all is melted and smooth.
3.  In another bowl, combine eggs, coffee, vanilla and sugar.  Whisk vigorously until combined.  Add to chocolate and butter mixture and whisk again….it should be oh soooo chocolatey!
4.  In yet another small bowl (I know, I hate washing dishes too, but this will be worth it), combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk (or sift through a sieve) and add to chocolate…add chocolate chips and blend again.
5.  Pour into pan and smooth out.  Sprinkle walnut over top and bake in oven for 30 minutes (don’t overcook or you will lose the fudgy goodness!).  Remove from oven…slice a big chunk…pour a BIG glass of milk and enjoy every bite!
*inspired by Ina Gartner

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mis en place…means everything ready to go

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butter and chocolate…mmmm

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adding chocolate chips (I sometimes mix the chocolate chips with some of the flour)…

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you want lemon and roasted almonds? take out coffee and walnuts, and add zest of one lemon and 1 cup almonds

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orange and hazelnuts are fantastic together…replace them for the coffee and walnuts

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kids will love this version…use pecans instead of walnuts and scatter 1/2 c skor pieces and 1 c marshmallows to top of pan before baking
Or you can add muddled bananas, bacon pieces and peanut butter chips (and a few crushed Ferrero Rocher for good measure!) and call it the “Elvis is in the House” special
And they’re even in the cookbook!!!!
big batch brownies

 

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