When I asked Hubs what he wanted for his Father’s Day dessert, he promptly replied, “Ooey-Gooey Brownies. Pure chewy chocolate brownies.”
(Just proving he’s a man I can love for the rest of my life.)
Since he’d pretty much taken over his own FD dinner (and who can blame him), I knew I needed to blow this dish out of the water. And considering chocolate is my specialty, I was all over this.
Ooey-Gooey Brownies, adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
1/3 c Dutch-processed cocoa
1 1/2 t instant coffee
1/2 c plus 2 T boiling water
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 T (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c plus 2 T vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 t vanilla extract
2 1/2 c sugar
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
3/4 t table salt
6 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 12 baking pan with two sheets of aluminum foil (perpendicular to each other). Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk cocoa, instant coffee, and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in bittersweet chocolate chips.
Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.
Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
Yep, I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.
(Kind of overdoing the idioms today, sorry.)
The only bad part of this recipe is waiting the requisite 2 hours for it to cool completely. (Pure torture – so prepare yourselves accordingly.)
These brownies are exactly what he was looking for – and so rich and chocolately, it’s hard to believe. They were chewy and fudgy, with bursts of chocolate flavor from the bittersweet chips.
I took a picture of the cross-section, so you can see all the goodness.
For some people who are not quite the chocolate connoisseurs we are, serving with a big glass of milk or a dollop of vanilla ice-cream may be in order.
(Though I was pretty darn happy, too. Yummy!)
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