I love chocolate. I especially love dark chocolate. So believe me when I tell you that these brownies are wonderfully chocolaty. The other ingredients are there simply to enhance the chocólateness.
This is my go to party recipe. When I am having a party I make them. When I am invited to a party I offer to bring them. They are always a hit.
1) Everyone loves chocolate.
2) They can be made days in advance and refrigerated.
3) I am not a great baker, but not once have I messed these up.
4) I always get lots of compliments on them, which makes me feel pretty.
All the steps might seem a little much, but I promise they are really easy. Melt. Cool. Mix. Bake. Simple. And the result is so amazing that you will never go back to the mix in the box.
from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups diced walnut pieces (optional; I usually leave them out in case of nut allergies)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler (a mixing bowl placed over a pan of boiling water). Cool slightly.
Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.
Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts (if using) and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.
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