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Supernatural Brownies

Servings: Makes about 24 (2-inch) brownies
In the spring of 1999, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) handed out their prestigious IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards. The book, Chocolate: From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers by master baker Nick Malgieri, won in the best baking book category. This beautiful book is full of great chocolate recipes, including this one, which Nick admits is one of his favorites.

2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

You will need:
1 (13 x 9 x 2-inch) pan, buttered and lined with buttered parchment or foil

1. Set the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F (180 C).

2. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and turn off heat. Combine butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl and set over pan of water. Stir occasionally until melted.

3. Whisk eggs together in a large bowl, then whisk in the salt, sugars, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate and butter mixture, then fold in the flour.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 45 minutes, until top has formed a shiny crust and batter is moderately firm. Cool in pan on a rack. Wrap pan in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature or refrigerated until the next day.

5. To cut brownies, unmold onto a cutting board, remove paper, and replace with another cutting board. Turn cake right side up and trim away edges. Cut brownies into 2-inch squares.

Makes about 24 (2-inch) brownies.

Source: Chocolate: From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers by Nick Malgieri

Date: October 11, 2004