Tuesday, February 9, 2010

TWD: Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia

And the chocolate continues! Tanya of Chocolatechic  chose Rick Katz’s Brownies for Julia as this week's TWD recipe.  These fudgy brownies were a hit. As dense as these look, they had a light melt in your mouth quality and fabulous chocolate flavor. 

A lot of bakers had trouble with the baking time and the center of the pan not setting up. Since this recipe was almost identical to my "go to" brownies recipe I used the  9x13 pan it suggests and the brownies were perfect, soft and fudgy,  without being underbaked. Some bakers also mentioned they were difficult to cut cleanly.  I find that with bar cookies and candies, if I score the surface of the pan when they are just out of the oven that they cut neatly when they are cooled.

Rick Katz Brownies for Julia 
Adapted from baking: from my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks in salted butter (8 ounces), cut into 16 pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 f.  
1. Melt together the butter and chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler, until just melted. Add 1 cup of sugar and whisk to incorporate. Stir in the vanilla. 
2. Combine the remaining 1 cup sugar and the eggs with a mixer or whisk. When thoroughly combined, slowly stir 1/2 of the egg sugar mixture   into the warm chocolate, stir constantly so the eggs don't scramble.
3. With an electric mixer beat the remaining egg sugar mixture on high speed until double in volume,  about 3 minutes. Fold into the chocolate mixture.
4. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the chocolate and gently fold to incorporate. Don't over mix.
5. Pour batter into pan , smooth to an even layer. Bake at 350 f. for 25-28 minutes. Brownies should be just barely set in the center. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.
*Dorie's recipe called for  9x9 in pan but I used a 9x13 and the brownies were perfect, no under baked center. A foil sling makes it easy to remove the brownies from the pan to cut and serve.
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