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Recchiuti fudgy brownies

September 29, 2004|Barbara Hansen | Times Staff Writer

Dear SOS: Recchiuti Confections has a store in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, where I had the most incredible dark chocolate brownie I have ever tasted. I was hoping that you might be able to get the recipe.

Louis Boish

Aliso Viejo

Dear Louis: When we saw your request for a brownie recipe from Recchiuti, we were anxious to procure it and try it out. Everyone loves brownies, after all, whether secretly or publicly, and knowing that Recchiuti is an amazing chocolatier, we thought they just might hold the secret to brownie nirvana.

They do. Owner Jacky Recchiuti uses premium unsweetened high-cacao "couverture" chocolate such as 100% cacao Valrhona Etienne Guittard Artisan line, or 99% cacao Scharffen Berger; before baking she stirs in top-quality semisweet chocolate chunks such as Scharffen Berger 62%.

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Recchiuti fudgy brownies

Total time: 1 hour

Servings: 12 to 16

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

5 ounces top-quality

unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, sifted

1 cup top-quality semisweet (62% cacao) chocolate, cut into chunks (5 ounces)

High-quality cocoa powder

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.

2. Place the butter and unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Melt until smooth. Cool until warm to the touch, then stir in the sugar.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and salt. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in the flour until just incorporated, being careful not to overmix. Fold in the semisweet chocolate chunks.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time. When finished, a skewer inserted in the center will come out looking damp. The edges will be crusty, and the center will feel slightly firm. Do not overbake; the brownies will be dense, soft and fudgy.

5. Cool for at least an hour before cutting the brownies into pieces and sprinkling them with cocoa powder.

Each of 16 servings: 346 calories; 4 grams protein; 39 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 21 grams fat; 10 grams saturated fat;

84 mg. cholesterol; 237 mg. sodium.

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