These are not ordinary brownies, but rather a cross between a brownie, chocolate soufflé and fudge. They are deceptively light and a little piece goes a long way. And because so much of the structure comes from eggs, sugar and chocolate, you can use wheat free flour and make gluten free brownies, or use regular all-purpose for traditional. Then again, traditional doesn’t exactly describe these because the texture is lighter than a typical fudge brownie and these are 0% cakey.
My only request is that if you try the recipe, stick with the loaf pan. I’ve tried doubling and tripling this recipe over the years, but the loaf pan gives the best results, by which I mean crusty edges and a soft centers. And definitely store these in the refrigerator or the freezer. Also, the only gluten free flour I’ve tested with is Bob’s Red Mill. If you use a different gluten free blend, let me know how it works! I think any flour will be fine so long as you weigh out 2.1 oz on a scale.
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar, ground fine in a coffee grinder or processor
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon salt plus another little pinch
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum, for gluten free version only
- 2. 1 oz (6 tablespoons) Bob’s gluten free all-purpose flour or 2.1 oz regular AP flour (1/3 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons or stick with the old scale!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the inside of a 9×5 inch or 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch metal loaf pan with non-stick foil.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together over medium low heat. Add half of the sugar to the warm chocolate and stir gently so that sugar dissolves somewhat in the hot chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs for 2 minutes or until foamy and light. Add remaining 1/2 cup of sugar gradually to eggs and continue beating for another two minutes.
- Fold about 1/3 cup of the egg mixture into the warm chocolate mixture, then fold the chocolate mixture back into the bowl with the egg mixture. Mix together the salt, xanthan gum and gluten free flour (or salt and regular flour) and fold into the batter, keeping it as light as possible.
- Pour into pan and bake for 27-30 minutes or until top appears set. The toothpick test doesn’t really work with these – it will still come out wet. Internal temp should be around 190 degrees in center. Let cool completely and chill for several hours or until very cold and set. Lift from pan and cut into squares.
- Store in the refrigerator.