But that is not to say I am giving up.
I came across an archetypal brownie recipe as I was culling through my recipe collection. It came from the much revered Baking with Julia. Really, can one ever go wrong there? I made the recipe once again (after it having been buried at the bottom of a box for the last several years) and truly, it is the best-ever. Well, unless you belong to the "I like my brownie cakey" camp, then that is a whole other story, because this brownie is the fudgy type. It is very, very rich, satisfying and groan-inducing.
|Best-ever fudgy brownie|
And this is not the end of the happily-ever-after story. My quest is still on. Call me silly or crazy, I don't care. The thing is, in that same pile of recipes I spied a few intriguing ones involving brownies, and I know I will just have to try them one of these days. And I may just finally hit upon that dream brownie. But in the meantime, this one sits on the top of the pile, no two words about it!
Julia Child's Best-ever Brownies
Recipe from Baking with Julia
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°. Sift the flour and salt together and set aside.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently and keeping a watchful eye on the pot to make certain the chocolate doesn't scorch (Alternatively, you can melt the ingredients in the top of a double boiler over, not touching, simmering water.) Add 1 cup of the sugar to the mixture and stir for half a minute, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into a large bowl.
- Put the remaining 1 cup sugar and the eggs into a bowl and mix or whisk by hand just to combine.
- Little by little, pour half of the sugar and eggs into the chocolate mixture, stirring gently but constantly with a rubber spatula so that the eggs don't set from the heat.
- Fit the whisk attachment to the mixer and whip the remaining sugar and eggs until they are thick, pale, and doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.
- Using the rubber spatula, delicately fold the whipped eggs into the chocolate mixture.
- When the eggs are almost completely incorporated, gently fold in the dry ingredients.
- Pour and scrape the batter in to an unbuttered 9-inch square pan.
- Bake the brownies for 25-28 minutes, during which time they will rise a little and the top will turn dark and dry.
- Cut into the center at about the 23-minute mark to see how the brownies are progressing: They'll be perfect if they're just barely set and still pretty gooey.
- Cool the brownies completely in the pan on a rack.