Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Best Brownies

Ama B gave us this recipe for brownies. She found it in a magazine years ago and they said that it was Katherine Hepburn's favorite recipe for brownies. I don't know if they were her favorite but it makes me smile every time I make this recipe. I close my eyes and see Katherine Hepburn in an elegant white shirt and man-tailored trousers, eating a whole pan of these brownies.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

4 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks of butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
if desired:
add 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans;
or 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels and 1/4 cup broken pieces of good quality bittersweet chocolate

Line a 9x13 pan with Release aluminum foil and spray with Baker's Secret or Pam.

Melt 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate and two sticks butter in a heavy saucepan over very low heat.

Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Add the eggs , 2 at a time; stirring just until mixed. Add vanilla.

Stir in the flour and salt. Add nuts, if desired, chocolate morsels and bittersweet chocolate.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 325 for 50 minutes. If you test with a toothpick, it will not come out perfectly clean, but they will be done with a soft fudgy center. Let cool in pan for a few minutes but cut while still somewhat warm. If knife blade is sticky, wipe with a clean dishcloth dipped in warm water after each cut. Place brownies in cupcake liner for ease of handling. (Ama B is now using heavy stoneware pan from Pampered Chef and finds that it works really well for these brownies and does not let the edges get to dry.)

You can double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 pan.

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