Perfect Chocolate Brownies
June, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene
When I say perfect, I mean decadent, easy, rich and soft crumbly kind of brownies that make you wonder why you don’t make them more kind of perfect chocolate brownies. I don’t understand why brownies are not a big deal like cupcakes are. I mean, really…. they are so much easier to bake than cake. The first time I made brownies I was in college, I rather thought I was a budding Julia Child when I took that first bite, but then I got distracted by boys and forgot the whole notion of cooking all together for the next decade. But I digress, here we are 20 years, 3 children a food blog later and I am back to thinking I’m quite fabulous in the kitchen. That is until my darling Xander took an interest in cooking and created the most amazing batch of chocolate brownies.
Over the last few months we have been collecting a stack of recipes that are easy for him to follow and give him the cooking confidence he deserves; and at 7 years old I’m constantly amazed at his passion for food and cooking, proudly beaming with pride every time he says “Can I help?” when I’m in the kitchen. It’s his love of cooking that is motivating me to stay up late and work on his recipe collection because all he wants to do is cook and feed us…..and write a cook book. As the youngest of 3 his baby book resides somewhere on my laptop, hardly touched and neglected (even saying this out loud is embarrassing because it remains on my todo list always being overshadowed by something more pressing yet ever present reminding me that I have failed him in some way). When we sat down to discuss his baby book this spring he said he would rather have a cookbook. What? A cookbook? But why? And then he pointed out all the baby pictures of him in the kitchen and it all became clear. Unlike my older 2 children, Xander was born after I had gained my kitchen confidence, when kitchen living was the core of our family life, he was raised in the kitchen and has a deeper appreciation for it than the other two.
I’ve had offers to write a cookbook but never took them; mainly because the work involved is too much for me to take on and if I am being really honest, I’ve seen countless friends dedicate a year of their lives to a much desired cookbook only to see if sell a few thousand copies and then end up on the bargain table. But Xander’s book will be different. We might never publish his book, but we will write it. Together. We will recipe test, together. We will photograph, together and use photos those baby photos that were meant to be part his baby book. And we will have something more than his baby book was ever going to be, a testament to our journey in the kitchen together, made up of the recipes that have shaped our strong mother son bond. I’ll start sharing pieces of his book on Instagram under the tag #XanderCooks and share his recipes with you on the blog as we build the book together. It is our hope that it will inspire more shared moments in the kitchen and inspire little cooks like Xander to build their lives around the kitchen.
Such a sweet adventure deserves a sweet start. Xander’s Perfect Chocolate Brownies adapted from a recipe that was given to us by one of our London neighbors just after he was born. We’ve tried converting it it a million times and each time we wish we had not, so get out your baking scales, trust us… it is so worth it, this is one big batch of brownies you don’t want to get wrong.
- 375g of unsalted butter
- 375g of dark chocolate, chopped
- 500g of white granulates sugar
- 225g of all purpose unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 6 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F, butter and dust with four a 13×9 inch baking try, then line with parchment paper and set aside while you prepare the mixture.
- Melt the butter and chocolate in media size pot over medium heat, taking care to stir and avoid burning. Once melted, allow it to cool to room temperature while you gather the rest of the ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to a food processor and blitz for 30 seconds to blend them together, then reduce the speed to slow, and slowly add the chocolate blend and eggs, alternating between the two until everything is fully blended together.
- Pour into the baking tray and bake for 25 minutes until the top is flakey and the inside dense. Because this is such a big batch of brownies, keep a close on it them after 20 minutes of baking to ensure they do not over cook.