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Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies

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Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies

Posted on on 4/13/2009

If you do not like chocolate jam packed inside a fudgy brownie, turn back now!

 Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies

This recipe is adapted from one we made in culinary school.  The brownies we made were ok, but we did not use dark chocolate or dutch processed cocoa powder.  I do and the result is superior.  There is also more chocolate chips in my version.  I see it this way, if you are going to have chocolate, why go half-way? 

These are really easy to get mixed up, they cool pretty quickly and are wonderful covered in a shiny layer of dark chocolate ganache.  Again, why go half way?

Frosted Brownies 

The brownies are rich, chewy, melting, and fudgy.  I like them warm, with the kiss of the oven still on them, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or some whipped cream and a drizzle of fudge sauce.  As good as they are warm, however, I also like them cold from the refrigerator.  For some reason these brownies are SO GOOD cold, which makes them excellent for the summers here in Texas when it is ten kinds of hot.  There is nothing like a cold, chewy brownie when it is 105F outside.  Trust me!

Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies 

You can easily double this recipe.  In fact, the original recipe was enough to fill a full sheet pan.  I scaled this down to a quarter of that amount - mostly because my thighs could not take it.  Just know you can scale it up easily and with much success. 

Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies   Yield 20 brownies

3 oz butter
2 oz dark chocolate, at least 62%, chopped
Sugar 14 oz
4 oz golden syrup or honey
3 oz butter
5 oz eggs (about three large)
.75 oz water
1 teaspoon instant espresso
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5.25 oz cake flour
1 oz dutch processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 oz chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350F and prepare a 1/4 sheet pan (9″x13″) with non-stick spray, line the bottom with parchment and spray again.

Melted Chocolate and Butter 

In a bowl combine the butter and the chocolate.  Microwave for 30 seconds, stir then microwave for an additional 15 seconds.  If the mixture is not completely melted heat at ten second intervals until completly melted.  Set aside to cool slightly.

In a bowl combine the sugar, golden syrup/honey, and second portion of butter.  Mix until well combined. 

Disolve the espresson the the water.  Add that along with the eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture.  Mix to combine.

Stir in the melted chocolate mixture.  Blend well.  Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl well so that the mixture is completly combined.

Batter - Mixed 

Sift the dry ingredients then add them to the wet mixture.  Mix until just beginning to mositen then add the chips.  Mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated and there are no lumps.

Batter in the Pan Brownies - Out of the Oven

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the center is just set.

Brownies - Turned out of the Pan 

Cool completly in the pan before turning out into a cutting board. 

Brownies Topped with Ganache

Frost and slice as desired.

Dark Chocolate Chip Brownie


SylviaH's picture

Oh my, these are very tempting!  Especially when I just happen to have all the ingredients sitting in my cupboard!  Lovely, perfect looking brownies!  Thank you for the nice writeup of ingredients!  My daughter especially loves chocolate and brownies...they will make a nice little surprise to take to her home!  eat to  ; )


raidar's picture

They look fantastic!

audra36274's picture

   These look FANTASTIC! You have outdone yourself again in my book.  I have been making a Martha Stewart brownie with espresso for years, but I think this one looks even better. And you have the knack of making everything look so easy! That double dutch Dutch cocoa that I got from KA is sitting in the cabinet right now going ppppsssstttt! Come a little closer! You know you want to !

   And we just ran out of the cupcakes we made for Easter weekend. Empty cake plate, fresh cream in the fridge for a nice ganache topping! Darn you woman! I have no will power when it comes to chocolate. The now gone cupcakes were fresh strawberry to satisfy my family, but me? If it ain't chocolate why bother!

DrPr's picture

Oh they look so delicious I want to eat them right off the screen!

ques2008's picture

well, well, gothic girl, you shine again.  more stars for your postings!  thanks for sharing, and for the detailed, well-planned presentation!  you're my standard now when it comes to recipes and presenting them so cleverly!

why go half-way indeed?