As good as plain chocolate brownies are, we wanted brownies sturdy enough to be topped and flavored with a variety of options.
Why This Recipe Works
This frosted brownie recipe is good without the chocolate frosting, but even more spectacular with it. Adding baking powder to this brownie recipe lent them a slightly cakey, very sturdy texture that didn’t crumble when sliced; 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. Finally, adding a little vegetable oil to the melted chocolate helps it set up quickly and keep a glossy appearance.