Yes friends, I did get the lovely Williams-Sonoma Chocolate Bar Brownie Pan for Christmas, from my Mother in Law. Plus, she is here for a visit and we tackled the recipe on the back of the package it came in... they are fab.u.lous.
But I think, I really need to tell you, you have to get the pan. The pan isn't just cute, it's so ultra heavy and non-stick, it bakes evenly and the brownies didn't sink in the middle. I've decided that the trick to the ultimate brownie, aside from a killer recipe, is a good pan:
Chocolate Bar Brownies by Williams-Sonoma
(with tips by Saucy)
5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces (we used semi-sweet)
10 tbsp (1 and 1/4 sticks) butter, cut into cubes
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs at room temperature
1 and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the Chocolate Bar Brownie Pan (we used non-stick cooking spray).
Put the chocolate and the butter in a heatproof bowl over simmering water (double boiler method) and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until combined. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Temper the egg mixture by adding a small amount of the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture at intervals until it is incorporated. Whisk in the flour mixture until just combined - don't overstir brownies.
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake until the top is smooth and shiny and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with a few crumbs attached. The original recipe called for baking 35-40 minutes but I removed them from the oven after 30 minutes - they were moist and chewy.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Invert the brownie pan onto a cutting board and cut or break into 12 rectangular pieces.
Serves 12 chocoholics... and if you are impressed by my photograph of the brownies for this post, you can thank Uncle Bug: he gifted me with a table top photo studio - better blogging coming your way in 2010!