Web's Best Fudge Brownie Recipe
These fudge brownies are truly excellent. The ganache makes them fit for a true chocoholic.
Trivia: The source of the brownie recipe is shrouded in myth -- but brownies did originate in the US.
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Fudge Brownies Recipe
1/2 cup unsalted butter
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1 cup toasted pecans
additional pecans to garnish
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream
Method for Making Ganache
Heat the chocolate and cream together in the double boiler. Stir constantly. Ganache is done when the chocolate has melted and blended with the cream.
Method for making Fudge Brownies
Using a good double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter together.
In a separate bowl, beat the brown sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs until the mixture is very light. If you're looking for a good mixer, I recommend the KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White. Add the chocolate mixture and combine.
Add the flour only until mixture is smooth. Add the toasted nuts and spoon the mixture into a greased, foil lined 8-inch square pan. Bake in 350°F preheated oven for three quarters of an hour. Remove from oven and pour ganache over the brownies while they are still hot and in the pan. Garnish with the additional nuts.
Cool your fudge brownies completely then remove from the pan. They're not for the diet conscious, but oh my, what a wonderful treat!
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