Last week I made a brownie that didn’t live up to the hype and ever since then, I’ve been thinking about gooey brownies. So much so that I pulled out every cookbook I owned to see if there was a decent looking brownie that I haven’t already made. I settled on the brownie from Tartine which met my requirements for a brownie: lots of brown sugar, lots of chocolate, and very little flour. Plus part of the directions says “…because the batter has a high percentage of chocolate, the tester comes out wet even if the brownies are done”. That right there tells me everything I need to know.
They turned out so fudgy and seriously, they are everything I was looking for in a brownie. There’s so much chocolate that it was almost like eating slightly-baked batter in a crinkly crust. Perfection, if you ask me. Dorie’s quintuple brownies have always been my favorite brownie but I think these have passed those on my list.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. If the heat from the butter does not fully melt the chocolate, put the pan back over the heat for 10 seconds and stir until melted. Set aside to cool.
Sift the flour into a small mixing bowl. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until the mixture thickens and becomes pale in color and falls from the beater in a wide ribbon that folds back on itself and slowly dissolves on the surface, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, fold the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture. Add the flour and fold it in quickly but gently with the rubber spatula so that you don’t deflate the air that’s been incorporated into the eggs.
Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth the top with a spatula. If you are using nuts, evenly distribute them across the batter. Bake until the top looks slightly cracked and feels soft to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 squares, or size desired. The brownies will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 1 week.