Thursday, October 4, 2007

Sweet Treats!!

I rarely make these kind of indulgences, because I love them sooo much...but we're having our good friends visiting with us for the weekend, so I'll have someone to share the guilt with!

An old, tried and true favorite of mine!

Chewy, Fudgy Triple Chocolate Brownies*****

not to worry, these WILL be served with vanilla ice cream

5 ounces semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate , chopped
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into quarters
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. Line pan with foil or parchment paper, pushing it into corners and up sides of pan; overhang will help in removal of baked brownies. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In medium heatproof bowl melt chocolates and butter in microwave for approx 2-3 minutes, checking and stirring in 1 minute intervals; until mixture is smooth. Whisk in cocoa until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in medium bowl until combined, about 15 seconds. Whisk warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture; then stir in flour with wooden spoon until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, spread into corners, and level surface with rubber spatula; bake until slightly puffed and toothpick inserted in center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 40 minutes.

4. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours, and then remove brownies from pan using foil handles. Cut into 1-inch squares and serve. (Do not cut brownies until ready to serve; brownies can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated up to 5 days.)

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