Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dark Fudgy Brownies

Fdgy brn, originally uploaded by Kim De.

These are probably the best brownies I have ever had. I prefer something dark, and these are. I prefer something dense, not cakey. These are. They remind me of the fudge my mom used to make at Christmas, with less calories. From Eating Well Magazine, I know I can trust them to be healthier then your usual brownie, so less guilt involved. After all, who needs guilt? All you need is chocolate!

Dark Fudgy Brownies (Adapted from Eating Well)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
3 Tbs Dutch-process cocoa powder
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter
1 1/2 Tbs honey
3 Tbs lukewarm water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 1/2 oz dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, confectioners' sugar and cocoa.
In a medium saucepan, add the 3 ounces of coarsely chopped chocolate and butter - melt over lowest heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from the heat.

In a small bowl, combine golden syrup and water. Stir this mixture, along with granulated sugar, vanilla and salt to the melted chocolate until the sugar dissolves. Vigorously stir in egg until smoothly incorporated. Add dry ingredients and stir just until combine - fold in the the remaining 2 1/2ounces chopped chocolate. Scoop the mixture into an 8" x 8" baking pan coated with nonstick spray and evenly spread the mixture to form an even layer.

Bake until almost firm in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs, about 20 to 24 minutes. (Possibly longer if it is a humid day) Remove and let cool completely before cutting into bars.

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