Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies
Photo Courtesy of David Prince
Hands-on Time: 15m
Total Time: 50m
* 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
* 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), coarsely chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* 2 large eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with butter. Add a spoonful of flour, tilt to coat, and tap out any excess; set aside.
3. In a double boiler or a large heatproof bowl placed over a pan of simmering water, combine the chocolate and butter. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate melts. Remove from heat; let cool.
4. Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
5. Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract in a large bowl until foamy. Add the sugar and whisk until light and frothy, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, whisking until incorporated after each addition. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
6. Bake until a skewer or toothpick inserted 1 inch from the edge of the pan comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes (a bit of moist batter should cling to the skewer). Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.
Gourmet chocolate contains high-quality cacao beans and a high percentage of cocoa butter. Inferior chocolate often has sugar added to mask the flavor.
So you can add flavor extracts such as peppermint to them to change the flavor
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