Sunday, August 5, 2012

Best-Ever Brownies #CookForJulia #SundaySupper

Best-Ever Brownies better when cool.

We are still adjusting to being back home but could not miss this week's #SundaySupper because it is in celebration of the 100th birthday of Julia Child. Many are collaborating with a #CookForJulia party! I have to admit to being a little nervous about trying to find a great recipe by Julia Child to make with young children! But it turned out Julia made a number of easy recipes, including the Best-Ever Brownie recipe.

While shopping for the ingredients Audrey said that brownies are her favorite dessert. I believe it is just because she made some recently with her grandma. And I was very happy to learn that we already had most of the ingredients in the house. Had we not run low of a few key baking supplies all we would have needed would have been the bittersweet chocolate.

Best-Ever Brownies
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the flour and salt together and set aside. Melt butter and chocolate over low heat making sure not to scorch. Add 1 cup of sugar to melted chocolate and stir for half a minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour mixture into a large bowl.

Not letting the chocolate scorch.

Beat together remaining cup of sugar and eggs. Slowly add half of the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture. Whip remaining eggs for around 3 minutes until pale and double in volume. Delicately fold whipped eggs into chocolate mixture. 

Mo is the best egg cracker.

Gently fold in flour mixture and pour into an un-greased 9 inch square pan. Bake the brownies for 22-26 minutes or until set. They will still be pretty gooey.

Or you can let the 3 year old play with the flour instead of sifting.

We had to cook ours for an additional 10 minutes because they were no where near set at the 25 minute mark.

When we started making this recipe Audrey wanted to know why we were melting chocolate for our brownies instead of opening a pouch of brownie mix. She is still at the age where a 5 minute mix with grandma carries more weight than a 20 minute process resulting in, her opinion, the same item. Chose your audience well. 

While these brownies are warm they are extra gooey but set up well after completely cooled. I, unfortunately, made this batch with fake butter and wish I had not. This is the type of recipe that allows the flavors of each ingredient to show. Make sure you use a good quality butter and chocolate as it will matter in the final product. There is a reason Julia Child was needed to teach us all how to be better cooks.


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#CookForJulia Breakfast
Râpée Morvandelle by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings 
Croissants by Cookistry 
Cheese and Bacon Quiche by Tora’s Real Food
#CookForJulia Lunch
Tuna Salad Nicoise by Magnolia Days 
Blood Orange, Walnut, and Rocket Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking 
Croque Monsieur by Webicurean
Spinach and Cream Cheese Pancakes by Happy Baking Days 
Julia’s Chicken Salad by My Trials in the Kitchen 
Pissaladière Niçoise (Onion Tart with Anchovies and Black Olives) by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Provencal Tomato Quiche by Are you hungry?
Quiche Lorraine  Spoon and Saucer 
Potato and Onion Soup (Potage Parmentier) by Shockingly Delicious
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Boeuf Bourguignon by Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
Orecchiette Con Broccoli Di Rape and Sausages by Doggie at the Dinner Table 
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Veal Stew with Onions and Mushrooms with Baked Cucumbers and Boiled Potatoes (Blanquette de veau a l’ancienne with concombres au buerre) by Kimchi Mom
Salmon en Papillote by Girlichef
Poached salmon with cucumber sauce by Katherine Martinelli
Lobster Souffle and Deviled Chicken- Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends 
Roasted Chicken with Julia’s Mustard Marinade by The Meltaways
Wild Mushroom and Herb Stuffed Chicken- Mama Mommy Mom
Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs (Brandade á la Soissonaise) Avocado Pesto
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Hollondaise over Blanched Asparagus by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
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Ratatouille by Basic N Delicious 
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White Bean Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips Momma’s Meals
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Ratatouille by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
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Cinnamon Toast Flan by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Dark Chocolate Crepes by Family Spice
Crepes Fines Sucrees by Mangoes and Chutney
Pommes Rosemarie:Apples Rosie  The Daily Dish Recipes
Espresso Soufflé by Chocolate Moosey
Best Ever Brownies by In the Kitchen with Audrey
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24 comments:

  1. Brownies are a great treat and I love to make them. I will have to try this recipe with using real butter and high quality chocolate. Thanks for sharing it today.

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    1. We are still learning how to make good foods. Glad this one was so easy!

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  2. There´s always another brownie recipe worth trying. I like the mix of both chocolates, it sure adds to the final flavor. Great recipe and the cutest assistants!

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    1. This recipe really is simple, and it was even easier because I had so much help!

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  3. I love brownies. These sound so good.

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    1. This makes a truly rich and chocolatey brownie.

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  4. I just love watching your girls in the kitchen! And THAT is what cooking is all about...just ask Julia! ;)

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    1. Thanks! We do have fun. And I just love that she has recipes for all skill levels.

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  5. Can't go wrong with brownies! So good!

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    1. I love chocolate. I think once the girls learn more about her recipes they will pick crepes.

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  6. I agree - brownies are my favorite dessert, as well. These sound perfect!

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    1. These are so easy and can be perfect, with the right ingredients.

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  7. I think an impromptu trip to the Bulk Barn for chocolate may be in order... Delectable!

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  8. I had no idea Julia had a brownie recipe! So cool!

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  9. Love your pics!! Adorable! Thank you so much for cooking in this #SS :)

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  10. Ooey gooey chocolatey brownies are the BEST!!!!

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  11. "Best-ever"? Well then I'll have to give it a whirl! My kids love making brownies (or any baked goods) also...I'll have to make my next project with them!

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  12. Nothing like a great brownie. It's the secret to happiness in life if you ask me. Yours look divine.

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  13. Homemade brownies are the best! I really want to try these and appreciate the ingredients tip, will follow your advice.

    BTW - Your daughter is adorable!

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  14. Yummy and love the pics of your kids helping out. My youngest looked at your header and cracked up :) Nice ! Julia has the same pic too it seems :)

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  15. So fun to see your kiddos involved! I love the comment about the box :)
    I'll have to check these out.. who doesn't love brownies?

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  16. I think it's wonderful how you involve your kids in the cooking/baking process. I would love to have my son in the kitchen with me too but he is allergic to so many of the ingredients. Your brownies look perfect with a nice glass of milk.

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  17. Brownies! It's been forever since I had a brownie. You're right about the real butter, too. I was born and raised on a farm and always go with the real stuff. Also, how cute are your two little helpers?! Adorable! I bet Mo doesn't get eggshell in everything like I do. Woops.

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  18. I think you know how I love brownies... yummy!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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