I made these brownies last year – and wrote that “while very good, they have a milder flavor than Ina’s Outrageous Brownies”. Then again, most brownies have a milder flavor when compared to Ina’s – so my comparison was definitely unbalanced.
The method for mixing these is similar to the Sweet Melissa Brownies – meaning that the sugar and eggs are whipped together first, as opposed to just stirring them into the chocolate/butter mixture.
The longer beating time does create the “crispy” top crust, which I am ambivalent about – but the basic facts are the same – these are good, sturdy and while a bit more time consuming than a standard one-bowl mix, they have good chocolate flavor and aren’t difficult to make.
Chocolate Fudge Brownies – adapted from Martha Stewart
12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
12 ounces coarsely chopped good-quality bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a buttered 9×13-inch baking pan with foil, allowing 2 inches to hang over sides. Butter lining (excluding overhang); set pan aside.
Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until butter and chocolate are melted. Let cool slightly.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; set aside.
Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale, about 4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture; beat until combined. Add flour mixture; beat, scraping down sides of bowl, until well incorporated.
Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, about 35-40 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out brownies; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.