Time: 2 hours, plus freezing time. Store-bought ice cream works fine here, or you can make your own.
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 pt. ice cream (any flavor you like)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium pot, bring 1 in. water to a simmer. Put chocolate and butter in a medium metal bowl and set bowl over pot, being careful not to let bottom of bowl touch water. Heat until chocolate is almost completely melted, then add sugar and eggs and mix thoroughly. Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt, then add to chocolate mixture, stirring well. Pour batter into a greased 10- by 15-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
Invert brownie sheet onto a work surface and cut into 1 1/2-in. squares; arrange on pan. Freeze brownies 30 minutes. During last 5 minutes, remove ice cream from freezer to soften.
Working in batches, scoop 1 heaping tbsp. ice cream onto half of brownie squares. Set remaining squares, shiny side up, on top of ice cream and press gently.
Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Straighten tops of brownies and trim oozing ice cream with a paring knife if you like. Freeze, covered, up to 1 week.
The brownies were fairly thick so I found it better to split them and place the ice-cream in the middle. Mine didn't look nearly as perfect as the picture, assuming these are real. The ice-cream got soft and made it hard to assemble after awhile. Way too much work. Next time, put ice-cream between two chocolate chip cookies.
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