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“This brownie recipe redefined what the word "brownie" meant for me. The mascarpone keeps the brownie intensely moist without the need to present undercooked goo as a finished product. This allows the chocolate flavors to develop fully as they cook, and boy is there some intense chocolate flavor in this, especially if you use higher-quality chocolate ingredients.”
READY IN:
1hr 20mins
SERVES:
13
YIELD:
25 Brownies
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  2. In a double boiler melt butter and chocolate, stirring frequently.
  3. When chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined, add sugar and stir until mixture is shiny. It will still look a bit grainy.
  4. Remove from heat and add marscapone, vanilla, and eggs, mixing until smooth.
  5. Sift flour, salt and cocoa into mixture with a sieve and stir just until combined, making sure to scrape all sides of the bowl. (Mixture will be rather light in texture, instead of dense and heavy like many brownie batters).
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top to ensure even baking.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes until tester comes out clean.
  8. Use the flat end of a potato masher to lightly tamp down the surface of the brownies while they are still warm. Do not squish! Merely flatten any parts that might have raised more than others (typically the edges). This will help the ganache coat evenly. Leave in pan and set on wire rack to cool.
  9. About 5 minutes before your brownies are done, start making your ganache to pour over the top (which you will want to do while your brownies are still warm). In a double boiler heat butter, cream, and chocolate until melted, stirring frequently.
  10. Once brownies have been tamped flat and your ganache is smooth, immediately pour ganache over brownies. Let cool completely in refrigerator.
  11. Once chilled, turn the brownies out of the pan onto a cutting board, and slice into desired number or pieces (4 cuts in each direction will yield 25 pieces approximately 1.5"x1.5" in size). Dusting the knife with cocoa powder may help keep it clean if this becomes problematic.

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