so once again, thank you dorie greenspan... and above all... thank you katharine hepburn!! without these two ladies i would have never had come across with what i consider one of the most amazing brownie recipes i have ever had the pleasure of making and of course... EATING! chocolaty, super fudgy with this spicy cinnamon undertone that lingers on your palate and just takes it to another level...
supposedly, katharine hepburn was famously remembered not only for her oscar winning performances but also for her outrageous brownies, once giving these 3 rules to live by... (1) never quit, (2) be yourself, and (3) don't put too much flour in your brownies...
pretty good advice...
anyways, this recipe that is featured in dorie's book "baking: from my home to yours" is an adaptation of ms. hepburns recipe... and its is DELICIOUS!
caution for all you chocolate lovers out there... you might overdose on pure happiness!
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick (8tbsp) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. fine ground instant coffee or espresso
2 lrg. eggs, at room temp
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 ozs good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1. center oven rack and preheat oven to 325
2. butter a 8 inch baking pan, line bottom with parchment, re-butter the bottom and dust with flour (tap out the excess) and place pan on a baking sheet
3. whisk together thee flour, cinnamon and salt
4. in a heavy bottom saucepan, over low heat start to melt the butter, once it starts to melt, sift in the cocoa powder and the instant coffee
5. continue to cook, stirring until the butter is completely melted and the coffee and cocoa powder is blended into it
6. remove from heat and let cool for 3 minutes
7. using a whisk, or rubber spatula, beat in the eggs one at a time into butter cocoa mixture
8. next stir in the sugar and vanilla, but dont beat too vigorously as to add more air into the batter
9. whisk in the dry ingredients, and then the chopped chocolate, and scrape the batter into the pan
10. bake for 30 minutes, and transfer the pan to a rack and let the brownies cool for at least 30 minutes before taking them out of the pan. cool completely before cutting into pieces