Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Baking - Sweet


1 9x13 or 1 8x8 pan



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1 cup (227g) butter, to be browned

1 cup (90g) Dutch-process cocoa powder

4 oz (113g) dark or semisweet (60% cacao) chocolate, finely chopped

1 tsp instant espresso (or 1 Tbsp instant coffee)

1 ½ cups (300g) white sugar

½ cup (100g) brown sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup (120g) AP flour

1 tsp kosher salt

optional: 1 cup additional chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, or 1-2 cups chopped walnuts, dried cherries, etc.


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13” pan (light-color metal), or line with foil or parchment paper with overhangs for easy removal.

Put cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and espresso powder in a heat-proof bowl.

Make brown butter: Melt butter in a light-color saucepan over medium-low heat. Once foaming and spitting, stir and scrape bottom with a spatula every 10-15 seconds. Grainy white milk solids will begin to appear on the bottom. Continue for 5-10 minutes (go by senses, not time). When foam clears and spitting noises go silent, watch closely: The milk solids will toast in seconds. As soon as the solids turn brown and smell nutty, remove pan from heat so it doesn’t burn.

Immediately pour hot brown butter into prepared bowl, to bloom cocoa and melt chocolate. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Foam eggs: With a stand or hand mixer, whip sugars, vanilla, and eggs on medium-high until thick, smooth, fluffy, and lightened in color. For very moist, rich brownies, stop after 4-5 minutes. For slightly more height and fluff, whip 8-10 minutes until very thick and pale. (I recommend starting at the lower end of the spectrum.)

Reduce speed to low. Slowly pour chocolate-butter mixture into egg foam mixture until incorporated.

Using a spatula, fold in flour and salt until just incorporated. Fold in additional chocolate if using. Batter will be very thick.

Scoop and spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

Bake 25 minutes until surface is glossy and just set (not jiggly in center). Do not overbake. They will finish cooking as they cool.

Let cool at least 30 minutes before removing from pan to slice.


White sugar + foaming eggs = fudgy centers with classic glossy, crackly tops. The thicker your egg foam, the glossier/cracklier your top crust.

Brown butter deepens flavor and evaporates excess water in the butter. If you don’t want to brown the butter, melt it in a saucepan with the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Pour over cocoa powder and espresso powder. Stir until smooth.

For extra thick brownies, use an 8x8” pan. Bake time might be a bit longer.

1 9x13 or 1 8x8 pan



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