Umami
Umami

The Perfect Brownies

16-24

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total time

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) pecans or walnuts, chopped medium (optional)

  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 6 1-inch pieces

  • 2 1/4 cups (15 3/4 ounces) sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325 degrees. Cut 18-inch length of foil and fold lengthwise to 8-inch width. Fit foil into length of 13 by 9-inch baking dish (brownie pan), pushing it into the corners and up the sides of the pan edges. Cut 14-inch length of foil and, if using extra-wide foil, fold lengthwise to 12-inch width; fit into width of baking pan in same manner, perpendicular to first sheet. spray foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. If using nuts, spread nuts evenly on rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  3. Whisk to combine flour, salt, baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.

  4. Melt chocolate and butter in large heatproof bowl set over saucepan of almost-simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth. (Alternatively, in microwave, heat butter and chocolate in large microwave safe bowl on high for 45 seconds, then stir and repeat for 30 seconds more. Stir again, if necessary, repeat in 15-seocnd increments; do not let chocolate burn.) When chocolate mixture is completely smooth, remove bowl from saucepan and gradually whisk in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, whisking after each additional until thoroughly combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, folding with rubber spatula until batter is completely smooth and homogenous.

  5. Transfer batter to prepared pan; using spatula, spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface. Sprinkle toasted nuts (if using) evenly over batter and bake until toothpick inserted into center of brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours, then remove brownies from pan by lifting foil overhang. Cut brownies into 2-inch squares and serve. (Store leftovers in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.)

16-24

servings

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total time
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