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May 17, 2008 12:13 PM

Why can't I make very chocolaty brownies?

No matter what recipe I try thery never seem to come out chocolaty enough! Last night I made a recipe I found on this board awhile back called James Beard's brownies recipe which consisted of 1 stick butter, 5 ozs dark chocolate, 2 eggs 2 cups of sugar,1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup of flour. I barely tasted any chocolate and I even put in a few extra ozs because I didn't want to put a small piece of choclate in the cabinet. Does ground cocoa make a better brownie? Does anyone have a deep dark very chocolaty brownie recipe? Thanks, Richie

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  1. Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies (on the Food Network site) uses coffee in her brownie recipe. The coffee, IMO, heightens the chocolatey-ness of the brownies. It's a great recipe.

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    1. re: marthadumptruck

      Totally agree that Ina's recipe is the best one if you want really chocolatey brownies. The coffee really enhances the flavor.

    2. Ground espresso or coffee, as marthadumptruck said, makes a big difference as chocolate goes. You can always add a tsp-tbsp of ground espresso to any recipe. These man catcher brownies are the fudgiest I've made:

      Use good quality chocolate and you can sprinkle chocolate chips/chunks on top for added chocolate. For a dark bittersweet chocolate brownie that isn't as sweet, more of an adult taste, I like these bittersweet brownies.

      1. I have posted my brownie recipe before, but I use both bittersweet chocolate and then add a tablespoon of Dutched cocoa for a bit of extra kick. You already have vanilla, but you might want to add a 1/4 tsp of salt, as it seems to make a amazing difference.

        If that doesn't have enough chocolate, you can ice them with a stiff (3 to1 ratio by weight) bittersweet ganache

        1. The recipe I use and is VERY chocolatey has 8 oz of dark chocolate, 2 sticks of butter (melt together the butter and chocolate), 4 eggs, 2 cups of sugar (mix the eggs and sugar together and then add the chocolate/butter), 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp baking powder (mix the three together and add to the rest). 13 x 9 in. pan, 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Really good. I think I got the recipe from Epicurious.

          1. Thank you all for your advice. I will try your recipes soon. Richie