Simply The Best Chocolate Brownies

I could have sworn only a few weeks have passed since I last posted.

I was wrong, because it’s been a few months….

Unbelievable.

At any rate, here’s a recipe for brownies that can truly be described as “simply the best”. Really, they are. From the master of chocolates, Marcel Desaulnier, these brownies are definitely going to hit my top ten list for 2012. I do have a few more I want to try before the end of the year, and with the holidays coming up, I had better get busy.

Stay tuned.. I won’t be gone that long again :)

Simply The Best Chocolate Brownies – adapted from Marcel Desaulnier

4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
3 eggs
1 cup sugar1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/4 cup sour cream4 ounces chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 9 by 1 1/2-inch cake pan with 1 teaspoon of butter. Flour the pan with 1 teaspoon of flour, shaking out the excess.

Sift together 1/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt onto waxed paper. Set aside.
Heat 1-inch of water in the bottom half of a double boiler over medium heat. Place 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, 4 tablespoons butter, and 2 ounces semisweet chocolate in the top half of the double boiler tightly cover top with film wrap. Heat for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes, remove from the heat, and stir until smooth.
Place 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a balloon whip. Whisk on high speed until slightly thickened, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk on medium for 30 seconds. Add the sifted ingredients, whisk on low for 10 seconds, then on medium for 10 seconds. Add the sour cream and whisk on medium for 5 seconds.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to thoroughly combine ( also add and combine 4 ounces chocolate chunks ).
Pour the brownie batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading evenly. Bake the brownie for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.

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