Chocolate Fudge Brownie Recipe
Did you know there are two kinds of chocolate brownies? Your probably thinking who cares, pass me either kind. My brother was a professional baker and disliked fudge brownies. To his trained eye, a brownie is more like a dense cake, I, on the other hand, think of a brownie as fudge with just enough flour to call it a brownie. So this chocolate fudge brownie recipe is rich and chewy and just the way I like it.
1/3 cup butter
2 oz dark unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup walnuts
1 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa
3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup flour (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease an 8 by 8 pan and set aside.
To keep this chocolate fudge brownie recipe as chewy as possible, in a medium saucepan melt butter and solid unsweetened chocolate over low heat.
After the chocolate has melted, remove from heat and beat in sugar and then the eggs, beating well after each addition.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together, add to the chocolate mixture. Add the walnuts and mix until just blended.
Pour the batter into the 8 by 8 pan, smooth the top and bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes.
As these brownies are fudgy and chewy it is better to underbake them then overbake them. Bake the brownies for 25 minutes. When done they should be firm but spring back up when you push on the top lightly.
Chocolate Buttercream Icing
In the large bowl of a mixer whip the butter until soft and a light yellow.
For each step, I recommend stopping the mixer, adding the dry ingredients, proceed on low speed, once incorporated change to high speed and beat for one minute. This is the best way I know of to keep myself from being covered in cocoa or icing sugar.
Add the cocoa and beat scraping the sides of the bowl down once. Then add half the icing sugar and beat, again scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Taste your icing and decide if its fine as is. If you want to reduce the sweetness, replace a half cup of the icing sugar with flour, otherwise add the rest of the sugar. Beat until smooth and the ice the cooled brownies.
An Optional Extra Topping of Crushed Cookies
We have a charitable tradition in our home, if a child comes to our door we support them, bottle drives, local tickets, coupon books, chocolate covered almond, and oh my Girl Guide Cookies. So these brownies are made with a girl guide cookie topping, but Oreos or Fudgee-o cookies work as well.
To make the topping, use 8 cookies, chop them into large chunks. Spread over the fresh icing and press them into the icing. Chill the brownies until the icing is firm and then cut and serve.
These brownies are a perfect snack just as they are, or I like to serve them with ice cream as a dessert. I made this particular batch as I am visiting home soon and squares pack really well.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.