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Per request, I am posting “The Farm” brownie recipe today. But I’m also posting another brownie recipe to follow. You’ll see that they follow pretty much the same procedure, which to me is key to making excellent brownies. The differences are in the amounts of some ingredients (butter goes from 3 to 2 sticks, eggs from 6 to 5) and the chocolate varieties. Basically, this one is more expensive and over the top rich. The next one is better for every day but still pretty awesome.*

Sadly, I have no photos to share since they always just get eaten up fast. But you know what brownies look like.

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES #1

I got this recipe from Gourmet years ago, who published it when someone asked for The Farm of Beverly Hills‘ recipe for brownies. I make them only for special occasions because they are really, really rich. The comment I get most often is, “I thought I had the best brownie recipe, but…” Good ingredients are important, and make sure you let them sit at least 2 hours before cutting or you’ll just have a big mess.  Otherwise, it’s an easy as pie recipe (way easier, actually).

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 12 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups cake or pastry flour (I use All Purpose, honestly)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal baking pan, knocking out excess flour. Melt butter with chocolate in a large metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove bowl from pan and whisk in eggs, 1 at a time. Sift together flour and cocoa powder in a separate bowl and stir into batter with sugar and salt. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven until top is firm and a tester inserted into center comes out with crumbs adhering, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely in the pan on a rack, about 2 hours, before cutting into squares.

*FULL CONFESSION: my kids prefer these brownies. Where, oh where did I go wrong?

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