So, today we will talk about the MOST chocolate brownie I have ever made, tasted, or offered to loved ones.
The Pioneer Woman's Dark Chocolate Brownies are my go to for that nothing-but-chocolate-will-do craving, and I only made a couple very mild changes.
However, I think you will agree that the changes didn't hurt one bit, and that these brownies definitely have the ability to enhance your life experience.
So, let's get started on "My version of the Pioneer Woman's Dark Chocolate Brownies".
First things first... go forth and gather the following ingredients:
1 cup Butter
4 oz, weight Unsweetened Chocolate
1/4 (plus a Tbsp more) Unsweetened Cocoa
2 cups Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 tsp Instant Coffee Granules
3 Large Eggs
1-1/4 cups Flour
3/4 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Powdered sugar for sifting
To begin, add butter & the Unsweetened Chocolate Bar to a medium saucepan.
Over low heat, whisk occasionally until chocolate is melted.
Once chocolate and butter have happily become one, it is time to add the second layer of chocolate goodness.
Cocoa powder will add that deeper, darker chocolate flavor we are looking for, so throw in 1/4 cup plus about a Tbsp more.
Whisk the cocoa powder into the mix until smooth.
Add the teaspoon of instant coffee granules (NOTE: a touch of instant coffee really enhances chocolate dishes, without changing the flavor. It isn't a bad idea to keep some around for the next time you are whipping up a batch of any or all things chocolate.)
Whisk the instant coffee into the mixture until smooth, then remove from heat and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
Once the chocolate mixture is slightly cooled, add the sugar. The sugar will help to further cool the chocolate.
Wait to stir until we have added the vanilla. Omgosh, vanilla. How I love thee.
Sorry. Food thrills me.
Especially when I get to combine food with my really cool Mickey whisk, and my bright & shiny bird measuring spoons.
Moving onward. Vanilla. Throw it in there.
Stir until just barely combined. No need to get all stir-happy up in there. Brownies don't like to be messed with too much.
Now that the sugar and vanilla have helped to lower the temperature of the chocolate, you can safely add the eggs without accidentally cooking them.
If you want to do more than one egg at a time, just be sure to break up each egg individually before you begin whisking them into the mix.
Once the eggs have been mixed in, it is time for the flour.
Stir it until it is just barely incorporated and then throw in the third chocolate layer: the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Stir to combine.
Still don't want to get all stir-happy....keeping in mind, brownies are sensitive.
Once you have them pretty much combined, add them to your well-greased 9x13....
Smooth out the mixture with a spatula.
Place in oven set to 350 F, and allow to bake for 30-40 minutes while you wait... with or without patience. It makes no difference to me.
I usually go for the "without patience" approach, but it can get kinda weird around here with me talking to the oven about how I really need my fix.
Probably best to not be like me, and just go with the whole "patient" approach.
Watch Netflix or something.
Once the brownies have baked and are slightly springy to the touch, allow to cool in pan for what will seem like forever. Basically, you just want them WAY cooled down...like completely cooled down.
I didn't want to tell you that, because I know it makes it more difficult, but we really are going for completely cooled here, people.
Completely cooled allows you to dump the brownies out onto a cutting board, so that you can do this.
Cut them into the sweetest, smallest squares of dark chocolate happiness, and sift powdered sugar over them until the angels sing.
At which point, people in your house will hear the singing and come to investigate.
And they will do this to your brownie stash.
But, not before you have reserved some to pile on a plate.
Or set some larger pieces aside to heat and serve with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce.
It is all about having options. Options are where it's at.
So, until we cook again....
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