Someone at work told me it was impossible to make fudge brownies taste as good as the Duncan Hines mix, especially at this altitude, so it was a challenge for me. I went in search of great recipe that would be better than Duncan Hines.
I found a recipe in Tartine, aka the greatest cookbook ever. These brownies are super easy to make.
Recipe adapted from Tartine.
- 3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter
- 1 pound bittersweet chocolate,coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp (4-1/2 oz) All-purpose flour /130 g
- 5 Large eggs
- 2 cups (14 oz) dark brown sugar,lightly packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, butter a 9-x-13-inch pan.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. If the heat from the butter does not fully melt the chocolate, put the pan back over the heat for 10 seconds and stir until melted, set aside to cool.
- Sift the flour into a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment,beat on high speed until the mixture thickens and becomes pale in color and falls from the beater in a wide ribbon that folds back on itself and slowly dissolves on the surface, takes about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Using a rubber spatula, fold the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture.
- Add the flour and fold it in quickly but gently with the rubber spatula so that you don’t deflate the air that’s been incorporated into the eggs.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top with the spatula.
- Bake until the top looks slightly cracked and feels soft to the touch, about 25 minutes.
- Let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into desired shape.
- Sift confectioner’s sugar over brownies and enjoy.
NOTE: You can’t use a cake tester to judge doneness for these brownies. Because the batter has a high percentage of chocolate, the tester comes out wet even if the brownies are done.