Today is Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate this day of chocolate…*cough*…excuse us…day of love…than with some fudgy brownies! These are sure to impress anyone including yourself and people will be wondering if you bought them from a bakery or even from a restaurant.
For a little while now, we have been talking about brownies and how there are so many kinds. There are cake brownies, fudgy brownies, blonde brownies, in-between brownies, frosted brownies, etc. But the one that seems to always be in the forefront of everyone’s minds when they think of this devilish treat is…drum roll please! Fudgy ones!
So gooey, so rich, a bit thick, and the kind that stick to the roof of your mouth (in a good way). Yet somehow they’re also the kind that are the most difficult to achieve. With a little research, we found that in order to achieve that highly coveted rich brownie, one must always have more chocolate than flour. No, you can’t use cocoa powder as a substitute for chocolate because while it may still be a form of chocolate, it’s a powdery substance and the recipe would treat it as dry, floury like ingredient. At least that’s what we’ve found.
So, in order to not only satiate that tooth that longs for a fudge brownie (this is the chocolate tooth we speak of, much different than the more famous cousin, the sweet tooth) but to also give everyone an out of this world recipe to have not just on Valentine’s Day, but any day of the year, we created this recipe. It’s easy, quick, and few on the ingredients (not to mention that these ingredients can be found anywhere!). You can decorate them however you want, bake them in whatever pan you want, and eat them however you want as well.
But since it’s the day for hearts, we shaped ours to recognize that powerful symbol. We use a 12, heart-shaped cavity pan. On a side not, if you do use any pan that separates the batter out, be sure to watch very closely as they will bake much faster than if they were in the typical square pan used for brownie baking.
As an ode to those who are broken hearted on this day and to have a little fun to help cheer anyone up, don’t feel that you can’t still make this delectable dessert. Just break the brownies in half or cut a zig-zag line down the middle to call them broken hearted brownies. ;D Trust us, it makes for an amusing time.
10 ounces of dark chocolate, melted (Ghirardelli or Guittard chocolate – nothing else compares)
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
¼ cup light brown sugar
½ tsp almond extract
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Makes 14 Brownies
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs together until well mixed. Add in the oil, sugar, and extract and mix until well combined. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, starting at 1 minute, then 30 second intervals until fully melted (it’s okay if there are still whole pieces of chocolate). Combine with the egg and sugar mixture and mix until fully combined.
Add in the flour and salt and mix everything together until well mixed. At this point, you should have what looks like a ball of chocolate. It won’t be a liquid like consistency but rather a solid one so don’t worry – you want it to be thick.
Prepare the pan you will be using by spraying with a non-stick spray. Wipe spray around pan or in each cavity if using a cavity pan so each is covered well. Drop brownie mix into pan and fill to about ¾ if using a pan other than a square. Spread to make as smooth as you can. Don’t worry if they aren’t like glass as this batter will stick to spoons. Just do what you can.
Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes (use the toothpick to determine if it’s done if using a regular pan as using on will take longer to fully bake. If you are using a regular pan, bake in time increments of 5 minutes after the initial 10 and check at each one).
Once done, allow to cool. When cooled, decorate with ice-cream, sprinkles, frosting, etc. However you want. Either way, these will certainly be brownies you’ll come back to for seconds and to make again and again! Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!