Archive | November, 2017

Tartine Brownies

15 Nov

This has been my go-to brownie recipe for a while now. It comes from the amazing Tartine bakery in SF. Sent to me by the lovely Jess P. The merits of this recipe are many. You’ll notice it uses only brown sugar, has a whole pound of melted chocolate and whipped eggs which give it that light and fluffy texture. Serve them warm and they are gooey and delicious. Move them to the fridge, and they’ll transform into a dense fudgy texture. Either way, these are not your cakey brownies and anyone looking those… well I’ll refrain from throwing insults here…

I like to top these with a sprinkle of fleur de sel (a lovely and light sea salt) before putting in the oven. Or with the giant m&m’s that only come out around easter. Because they are so rich, I often cut them into relatively small pieces but follow your heart. And who says your brownies need to be uniform, I like to vary them in size for those who want a little more or a little less.  I’ll also often bake them a day ahead if brining to a party because time in the fridge makes them easier to cut.

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I use the ghirardelli 60% choc chips)
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
5 large eggs
2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9″x13″ glass baking dish with parchment.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate. If the heat from the butter does not fully melt the chocolate, put the pan back over the heat for 10 seconds and stir until melted. Set aside to cool.

Sift the flour into a small mixing bowl. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until the mixture thickens and becomes pale in color and falls from the beater in a wide ribbon that folds back on itself and slowly dissolves on the surface, 4 to 5 minutes. [in the stand mixer- it never seems to take me this long. I just watch out for the wide ribbons] Using a rubber spatula, fold the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture. Add the flour and fold it in quickly but gently with the rubber spatula so that you don’t deflate the air that’s been incorporated into the eggs.
Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top with a spatula. If you are using nuts, evenly distribute them across the batter [Not my thing. Or be like snacko, sprinkle some fleur de sel] Bake until the top looks slightly cracked and feels soft to the touch, about 25 minutes [they won’t look really done but take them out anyway]. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 squares, or size desired [as I said, cut into at least double that]. The brownies will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 week.



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