Ultimate Chewy Brownies | #SundaySupper

 

IMG_9531

For several weeks, I’ve been hard at work to find the answer to what makes a chewy brownie.  I tried adding extra flour, adding extra eggs, and adding extra egg yolks before finally stumbling upon the answer.

Adding extra sugar!

As promised, I spent additional time testing the chewy brownie recipe using a muffin pan to see if individual brownies would be even chewier.  I found that I much preferred the texture of the brownies baked in a traditional pan, so that’s the way I’ve written the final recipe.  (Read The Problem with Brownie Bites to find out more.)

When I saw that the theme for the upcoming #SundaySupper event was “On the Hunt,” meaning that you include items that you literally or figuratively hunt for, I knew I had the perfect excuse to do something I wouldn’t normally do.

This requires a little explanation.

There are six grocery stores within reasonable driving distance from my house.  Despite this apparent glut of grocery availability, between them they carry only two brands of unsweetened chocolate.  One brand is OK, but is found only at the store that is the most inconvenient to shop.  The other brand, which is available at all the stores, is fine for test baking but has a less-than-ideal chocolate flavor that can best be described as sour wood chips.

Given the excuse to go “on the hunt,” I knew exactly which unsweetened chocolate I wanted to hunt for.  It’s well-rated by Cook’s Illustrated and recommended by Alice Medrich, the Queen of Chocolate.  It also requires a 20 minute drive to get it and costs about twice as much as the sour wood chips chocolate.

So, of course I drove out and picked up a package of Scharffen-Berger Unsweetened Chocolate, and to heck with the cost and driving distance.  It’s not like it’s something I do very often.

Just to make sure that these were the ultimate in ultimate chewy brownies, I even researched which brand of butter was most highly rated.  Turns out that it was good old Land O’ Lakes, which just happened to be on sale this week.

And to gild the lily, I bought some of my favorite chocolate chips and threw in some of the pecans that my mom bought for me from a little family farm in Georgia.

If these aren’t the ultimate chewy brownies, I don’t know what would be.  While you can’t necessarily use my mom’s pecans for your brownies, I recommend that you splurge a little on your favorite unsweetened chocolate, chocolate chips, and butter.  And if you can, use cane sugar rather than beet sugar.  It really does make a difference in baking performance.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other “On the Hunt” recipes below this ultimate chewy brownies recipe!

 

Ultimate Chewy Brownies
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
You'll love these perfectly chewy, deliciously fudgy, deeply dark chocolate brownies!
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 8 TB unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • 3 oz high quality unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare an 8 inch square pan by lining it with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and microwave at 50% power in 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until chocolate is mostly melted. Stir until completely smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the butter and chocolate mixture with the sugar and stir. Add the vanilla and the salt and stir. (The mixture will look grainy but uniform.)
  4. Add the lightly beaten eggs to the mixture and stir until just combined. Add the flour and stir gently until just combined.
  5. With a light touch, carefully fold in the nuts and the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs but no wet batter attached.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 3314 Fat: 204g Saturated fat: 107g Unsaturated fat: 85g Trans fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 385g Sugar: 298g Sodium: 779mg Fiber: 24g Protein: 42g Cholesterol: 616mg

Spread it on Thick

Nibbles and Sides

The Main Event

Sweet Treats

 

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 p.m. ET.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

21 Comments

  1. Stacy November 16, 2014
  2. Renee November 16, 2014
    • Katie November 17, 2014
  3. Constance J Smith November 16, 2014
    • Katie November 17, 2014
  4. Liz November 16, 2014
  5. Tara November 16, 2014
  6. Shaina November 16, 2014
    • Katie November 17, 2014
  7. sarah November 16, 2014
  8. CakeSpy November 16, 2014
    • Katie November 17, 2014
  9. Julie @ Texan New Yorker November 16, 2014
  10. BritishMumUSA November 16, 2014
  11. Family Foodie November 16, 2014
  12. Kimber November 29, 2014
    • Katie November 29, 2014
  13. Delia @ Happy Blogger Plaza December 1, 2014

Add Comment

Rate this recipe: