Triple Chocolate Brownies

This brownie recipe was sent to me all the way from Venezuela! Patricia, who seems to think I have a PhD in brownies, asked me to try these and let her know what I thought of them.  Can you get a PhD in brownies? If so, where do I sign up? 🙂

But seriously, not only did I like these brownies, I LOVED them! Dense, rich and loaded with chocolate, these give you some serious bang for your buck.

The recipe is from Anna Olson, who is a celebrity chef based in Canada. Here’s the link to her site – she has some interesting recipes worth taking a look at.

However, I was most interested in the brownie recipe – and although they are called Triple Chocolate Brownies, I left out the white chocolate, simply because I don’t care for it.

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Otherwise, I made them per the directions – and I’d definitely make these again. In fact, I almost had to because I had eaten just about the entire brownie before I realized I didn’t have a picture!

Thanks again, Patricia!

Triple Chocolate Brownies – adapted from Anna Olson

10 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup  sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp  salt
3 ounces milk chocolate chunks

* Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C) and grease and line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
* In a bowl resting over a pot of barely simmering water, melt chocolate and butter, stirring gently. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla.
* Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour and salt, then add milk chocolate chips.
* Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the brownies comes out clean. Cool before slicing.

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Williams Sonoma Brownies

This brownie recipe comes from the Williams-Sonoma Cookbook / Baking Book Collection Series – Dessert.

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I’ve made these at least a dozen times over the years since that particular baking book was published – and they have never let me down. Fast to prepare – a one pan wonder – they are simple, a bit fudgey and have good chocolate flavor. This is the kind of recipe you can put together before you start cleaning up from dinner – and within half an hour, you have perfect brownies ready for dessert.

One note: when I use a glass pan (per the recipe instructions), my brownies always cook much faster and are overdone at the 30 minute mark. I personally use a metal pan – but of course you can use whichever you prefer. Just keep an eye on the time, no matter what type of pan you use,  because there is nothing worse than an overbaked brownie.

Brownies – adapted from Williams Sonoma

8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish, preferably glass.

In a saucepan over low heat, combine the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Heat, stirring often, until melted, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until well blended. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir until just blended. Stir in the chips.

Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out almost completely clean, about 30 minutes (longer if using a metal pan). Do not overbake. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares. Makes 9 large brownies.