Basic Brownies

Published June 1, 2004.

Why this recipe works:

As good as plain chocolate brownies are, everyone’s ready for a change of pace at some point. This basic brownie recipe is delicious on its own, but sturdy enough to top and flavor with a variety of options. Adding baking powder to this brownie recipe lent them a slightly cakey, sturdy texture… read more

As good as plain chocolate brownies are, everyone’s ready for a change of pace at some point. This basic brownie recipe is delicious on its own, but sturdy enough to top and flavor with a variety of options. Adding baking powder to this brownie recipe lent them a slightly cakey, sturdy texture that didn’t crumble when sliced, and unsweetened chocolate added the richest chocolate flavor. Ensuring that a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan of brownies came out with some moist batter or crumbs attached indicated the brownies were baked perfectly; around the edges the toothpick should come out clean.

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Makes 16 brownies

These brownies are moist and packed with chocolate flavor, but they won't crumble when you cut them. In fact, they hold up well enough to pack in a child's lunchbox or bring to a picnic or bake sale. They're pretty good at home, too, with a tall glass of milk. And these sturdy brownies are a perfect base for all kinds of fun variations.

Ingredients

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