Fudgy Chocolate Brownies….Being Martha

This is my continuing series called Being Martha

I debated what to bake today, but when all else fails a recipe that has the word “chocolate” in it always gets my attention.  This recipe is on Page 119 of the Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook and can also be found online here  It is a fairly simple recipe with just a few ingredients with the most important being chocolate.  You start out by taking your 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate.  What exactly is bittersweet chocolate…it is really the same thing as dark chocolate.  You can read more about it here.  I always like to learn a something new when I am trying a new recipe.  And, I guess I am curious by nature.  Go figure!

So, you start out by breaking up the chocolate bars.  I used a rolling pin first to roll over the bars and break them up.  I find that the best way to break them up is to use a food processor.  It is fairly quick and easy especially if you only need to break down the chocolate into chunks like you do here.

Next, you take your butter and chocolate over heat and melt them together.  The recipe recommends a double boiler which I do not own so I use a regular sauce pan on low heat and stir constantly.  You have to be careful not to burn the chocolate, but I have never had a problem.  Once the chocolate and butter are melted and blended together, set aside and let cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, stir in the sugar and then wish in the four eggs one at a time.  Then, vanilla and gently fold in the flour.

Once the flour is folded in and just combined, pour into your 8×8 baking pan or glass dish that has already been buttered and floured.  Place in the oven and let it cook.

This recipe makes great brownies that have a bit of a crispy top and a moist chocolatey inside….see, I already sampled them.

One tip for serving these brownies is to lightly sugar the bottom of the brownies so that they don’t stick to the bottom of the plate you are serving them on.  You can also sprinkle the top of the brownies lightly with powdered sugar to add an additional little something.

It is always a sign of a good day when my kitchen ends up like this!


Now for the ratings:

I would rate this an EASY recipe great for the beginner.

I would rate the taste an 9 out of 10.

Happy Baking!