THE Baked Brownie

This brownie is legendary! This rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate brownie has been featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things and awarded the best brownie by America’s Test Kitchen and The Today Show. They all agree that this is one amazingly delicious brownie! So how could I not make this brownie with all the hype surrounding it? I just can’t believe that it has taken me so long to make it! As you might have noticed, I love the Baked cookbook. It is one of my favorite things. I have tried several recipes from it and have loved them all. The authors of this book actually have a bakery in NYC called Baked. Next time I am in New York I need to visit their bakery. In order to recreate this decadent brownie, make sure your eggs are at room temperature and do not overbeat them into the batter. Also be sure to check the brownies often as they bake, the worst thing you can do is over-bake these babies! So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and make these scrumptious brownies, I promise you they will become a favorite recipe in your home as well! :)

THE Baked Brownie

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder; set aside.
In a large bowl set over simmering water, stir together chocolate, butter, and instant espresso powder until completely melted and smooth. Keeping the bowl over the water, turn off the heat and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined. Remove the bowl from the pan and cool to room temperature.
Once the chocolate mixture is cool, add 3 eggs and whisk until combined. Add the remaining two eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla; stir until combined. Be sure not to overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a spatula, fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just combined. (a bit of the flour mixture should still be visible).
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through baking time, in the center of the oven for 27-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Place the pan on a wire rack and let the brownies cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

30 Responses to “THE Baked Brownie”

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — January 17, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    I don’t have either of the Baked cookbooks yet, but I’m wanting to get them!! I also would love to visit their shop in NYC. Maybe I can be satisfied with trying their brownie recipe until then. =)

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — January 17, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    I totally agree that these brownies are AMAZING! I baked them to take to a friend’s party, and now every time I see any of the other party guests around they’re like “You’re the girl that made the brownies!!” They’ve made me legendary.

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    happywhennothungry — January 17, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Wow I’m definitely going to have to try these and see what all the hype is about! They look delicious and that cookbook Baked sounds like something I need to purchase as well!

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    KeepItSweet — January 17, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I NEED to try that bakery!!! Those brownies look incredibly fudgey!

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    Maggie @ Vittles and Bits — January 17, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    oh wow I have heard so much about these, I must make them someday!

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    Mary — January 17, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    These look amazing. I’m not familiar with the book but will try to search it out. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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    briarrose — January 17, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Man that looks good….sudden craving for brownies. I have heard such good things about this brownie recipe. I have it earmarked to try out “soon.” ;)

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    Cakewhiz — January 17, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    I really have to check out that bakery. I have heard some great stuff about it! And those brownies look soooooo fudgey!

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — January 17, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    Oh gosh! Those look so chocolate-y! Nummy! Know what I read today? It’s actually good to include chocolate in your diet… they can prove it can put a person in a better mood. Who would have thought? Now I just want to know if looking at a picture of chocolate can put a person in a better mood… I’m reasonably sure it can!
    Jess : )
    ps- I actually cooked today!

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    Felicity — January 18, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I adapted your recipe to make a peppermint brownie (I just can’t seem to let go of the holidays yet!) It’s the best brownie I’ve made. Thanks for sharing. xo
    http://www.ourlittlebeehive.com/2011/01/tuesday-treats-peppermint-brownies-or.html

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    lena — January 18, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    wow, you made it sound so good ..simply irresisitible!

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    Sara — January 18, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Wow, these look wonderful! I’ve read so much about these brownies but have never made them. Thank you for sharing the recipe and your notes.

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    ezsrecipes — January 19, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I just saw you on the Foodbuzz Top 9! Congrats! These brownies definitely look delicious! Move over, Oprah, I want some!

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    lil @ sweetsbysillianah — January 19, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    i love a good brownie… saving these to try one day soon!

    i’ve been hearing a lot about Baked – i’m in NY but have yet to go check out their shop in Bklyn… will have to trek out there once the weather gets nicer!

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    simplynutritiouskate — January 19, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    oooh those look amazing!

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    Karen@Mignardise — January 19, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    These are my all time favorite too! They’re waaaay better than any other brownie I’ve ever made. Lives up to the hype! Your photos are terrific!

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    Emily — January 19, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    we have similar taste! I made them too
    http://emilyspieceofcake.com/2010/12/31/the-baked-brownie/

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    Jamie H — January 19, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    I cant wait to try these! I think I will make them this weekend and I will let you know how they turn out! :)
    Thanks!

    • Christina replied: — January 19th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

      I hope you love them as much as I did! I swear they are the best brownie I have ever eaten! :)

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    Evan Thomas — January 19, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    This looks like THE perfect brownie. Definitely keeping this recipe in mind!

    • beverley00 replied: — January 20th, 2011 @ 6:22 am

      thanks for sharing this..i luv brownies..just sometimes find some shops make it too sweet ..i’ll definitely try making this at home..yours look very delicious and tempting! i even thinking of getting the book Baked now.

      • Christina replied: — January 20th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

        Let me know how they turn out! :)

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    the good soup — January 19, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Gorgeous brownie! do you know why it’s important to have the eggs at room temperature?

    • Christina replied: — January 20th, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

      Thank you! :) Having the eggs at room temperature will produce a higher volume of whipped eggs and it makes it easier to mix them into the batter. The less mixing of the brownie batter, the more moist the brownies will be.

      • the good soup replied: — January 20th, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

        Well there you go! I’ve learned something new today. Thank you!

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    Jamie H — January 22, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    For anyone who has not tried these yet, go out and get the ingredients tomorrow and make them! They are so worth the effort, 100X better than a box and just plain delicious! Thank you for posting this recipe, their awesome :)

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    Patty — January 23, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    I love how it’s a big batch too! These would be awesome to bring to a party. :)

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    Lucie — January 25, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    I really enjoyed these brownies the time I made them–although I suspect I could have baked them a minute or two less. Just another reason to bake up another batch!!

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    Living The Sweet Life — October 18, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    These are by far MY FAVOURITE BROWNIES EVER!! And I too adore their book – - and let’s just say I don’t find them too hard on the eyes either ;) lol sounds like the perfect combo to mee <3

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