Wish Upon A Dish: America's Test Kitchen, The Nudge and Brownies

February 10, 2011

America's Test Kitchen, The Nudge and Brownies

For some strange reason The Nudge actually likes to watch America's Test Kitchen. He enjoys the equipment corner of all things.

Sunday, with all the empty air time on TV now, he put on NJN and Test Kitchen happened to be making Chewy Triple Chocolate Brownies.

He turned to me and with a gesture said "You writing this down?".

I looked up from my puter and said "Nah, I can get this recipe anytime, I have a subscript."

I decided that I would treat him this week and make a batch of brownies. I had all the ingredients and some time.

These are way too good. I gave a container for The Nudge to take to work.

Triple Chocolate Chewy Brownies
adapted from America's Test Kitchen
makes 24 2" brownies

* 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
* 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso (optional)
* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
* 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
* 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 large eggs
* 2 large egg yolks
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 1/2 cups (17 1/2 ounces) sugar
* 1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon table salt
* 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Whisk cocoa, espresso powder (if using), and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. (Mixture may look curdled.) Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold in bittersweet chocolate pieces.
3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1 1/2 hours.
4. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Review: Do exactly as the recipe says. Do not add or subtract anything, trust me, I already threw 1 batch away because I tried to use Splenda.

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