James Carrier
Makes 8 servings

Notes: Michael Recchiuti, a San Francisco chocolate visionary, prefers to make these moist brownies with a distinct chocolate such as L'Harmonie, a 64 percent dark chocolate blend available from E. Guittard consumer sales (800/468-2462). Serve wedges or squares topped with lightly sweetened, softly whipped cream, chopped fresh mint, and fresh raspberries; or crown pieces with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Chop chocolate into about 1/2-inch chunks; you should have about 2 cups. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine half the chocolate and the butter. Heat in a microwave oven on half-power (50%) just until chocolate is soft and butter is melted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until mixture is smooth. Let stand until just warm to touch.

Step 2

In a bowl, with a wooden spoon, beat eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add chocolate mixture and stir until well blended. Add flour, about a third at a time, stirring after each addition just until blended. Add remaining chopped chocolate and mix just until chunks are evenly distributed.

Step 3

Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking parchment, draping over rim a little. Scrape batter into pan; spread level.

Step 4

Bake in a 325° regular or 300° convection oven just until surface develops a thin crust (like the delicate layer of ice that forms on freezing water) and a fingertip pressed very gently in the center leaves a soft impression, 20 to 25 minutes; take care not to overbake.

Step 5

Cool completely in pan on a rack, at least 1 hour. Lift brownie out on parchment, peel off parchment, and set brownie on a board. Cut into 8 squares or wedges or 16 triangles (see notes).

Ratings & Reviews

chawk89's Review

February 26, 2013

emloumar's Review

August 23, 2012
These were very good fudgy brownies. I've gotten requests to make this again.

Burklee's Review

August 23, 2012

zalabya's Review

January 09, 2011
Perfect recipe my family loved it and they asked me to do it again before it was finished :) a keeper for sure

catlac's Review

May 01, 2010
Soft, chewy, moist and delicious. Very easy recipe and quick to put together. Definitely use the best chocolate you can find. I made it for dessert when I had company for dinner and served it with frozen yogurt. Everyone loved these brownies.

Linda10's Review

April 25, 2010
Love the smooth texture