Saturday, 14 May 2011

Fat Witch Brownies

Lately I've treated myself to a selection of new cookbooks and isn't it just the best browsing amazon and adding them to the cart? Not to mention when the postman delivers them! It was the title of one of my new books that caught my eye, Fat Witch Brownies. The book is based on the Fat Witch Bakery in NY who are known for their brownies, blondies and bars. I had never heard of this NY bakery or the book before now but glad I stumbled upon it. Of course the first bake from the book had to be their signature recipe, Fat Witch Brownies, which just so happened to be the first one in the book.

This brownie recipe was easy and straight forward, although I had a minor mishap when I got ahead of myself, either that or I need glasses and I doubled the amount of flour required. This is the reason they were not as gooey as I was expecting and more of a dense cakey brownie. Either way they were still a hit with my son, hubby and hubby’s work colleagues!

Most of you will have experienced the problems with blogger these last couple of days, with many losing posts and not being able to blog or comment. Unfortunately my original version of this post and its comments was lost and not recovered (not impressed blogger)!! Could I ask if anyone who originally commented could help in re-posting their thoughts. :-)

Fat Witch Brownies

Makes 12 to 16 brownies

14 tablespoons/1¾ sticks/198g unsalted butter
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips
1¼ cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
pinch of salt

Grease a 9-inch baking pan with butter. Dust with flour and tap out the excess.

Preheat the oven to 350F/180oC/160oC fan oven/gas 4.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.

Cream the sugar, eggs, and vanilla together. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and mix until well blended.

Measure the flour and salt and then sift together directly into the chocolate mixture.

Mix the batter gently until well combined and no trace of the dry ingredients remains. Do not over-mix. At this point, if desired, stir in any extras like walnuts.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and bake 33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean or with crumbs but not batter.

Remove from the oven and let cool on rack for 1 hour. Cut just before serving.


Anna's kitchen table said...

They still look fantastic Maria! Even with the flour mishap!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

You are right, that book is well worth buying Maria. They look fab! Mmmmmmm, could do with one of those just now and a glass of chilled milk :)

Chele said...

I've had this book on my wish list for a while, subtle hinting hasn't got me very far though lol. Lush looking bronwies, dense brownies are just as yummy os gooey ones in my book ;0)

Gloria Baker said...

OM MarĂ­a these brownies are awesome
and what lovely and nice book! gloria x

Anonymous said...

They look great! For some reason a few months ago I forgot the amount of sugar and flour in my standard brownie recipe and just added as much as I fancied at the time. I don't know what I did but they were the best I ever made! And when I went to replicate it the next time they were the same as always. Boo!

I fancy giving these a go, but I *really* hate working in US Cups.

Kelly-Jane said...

Mishap and sll they still look gorgeous!

Finla said...

Love the name and the brownies look so so good.

LF said...

They look tasty :) I have the amazon addiction too.. hard to keep it under control!

Rachel said...

I've just read your entire blog from start to finish and I love it! I'm an American who grew up in the UK, so browsing your recipes is like visiting 'home.' These brownies look wonderful - I may have to give them a try!

p.s. I'll also be 'following' you in the future!

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream) said...

Oh my goodness I want one now - perfect texture!! Yum

Choclette said...

Great name and lovely sounding brownies too. I'm very frustrated with blogger. I too lost a post and quite a few comments from various posts. Just can't bring myself to rewrite at the moment. They've said they've restored all posts, but they haven't restored mine - grrrr!

Nic said...

Ooooh, they look really fudgey and very chocolatey, not good for the diet but who cares!

The Caked Crusader said...

These look great - I rather like the idea of a more solid brownie!

Greedy Rosie said...

I have a terrible Amazon problem - I wish there was a self exclude button :(. However, these brownies looks really great. Good enough to justify your habit !

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I was sure I left a comment here. It must have been one of the ones lost down the black hole called blogger. These are fab Maria. That cookbook turned out to be a good one, so you can pat yourself on the back for expert cookbook choosing. I hope the other two turn out as good. Oh, how I want one of these now.

Phoebe said...

i borrowed the book and the recipes look amazing, and so do your brownies!

Waterbaby786 said...

I've been keeping track of your blog since a year...I love everything you create..from you beautiful colorful blog to your exquisite irresistible desserts. I have to say this recipe turned out brilliant. I was beside myself with the decadent melt in the mouth morsels. Especially after pepping myself with a bucket of courage for trying out a new recipe. Thank you!