Ok, so the title of this recipe would sound a LOT better if I had been able to use PUMPKIN* in these brownies instead of butternut squash but guess what? The store was out of canned pumpkin when I went! I’m really hoping this isn’t another one of those pumpkin shortage years but I’m getting a little nervous to be honest.
Nevertheless, I pressed on and substituted the canned butternut squash for the pumpkin in this recipe because let’s face it…they taste exactly the same! But people looooooove pumpkin. You don’t see a butternut squash spice latte at Starbucks do you? NO. Butternut squash scented candles? NO. It’s pumpkin…all. pumpkin.
However, I’m pleased to report that the butternut squash totally worked in this recipe and these brownies turned out AWESOME. The center was definitely more fudgy than the outer edges and to me they were slightly more cake-like (which is not a bad thing at all). But they were seriously to die for and I’ll just confess…we polished the pan off in probably 2 1/2 days. So proud!
These were also some of the easiest brownies I’ve made which is a huge bonus. Not to mention, dairy and refined sugar free! Feel free to use pumpkin or even sweet potato in these, instead of the butternut squash, because they’ll turn out fabulous no matter what.
Just when I think I’ve found the most amazing brownie recipe ever and can end my search for good, I find another recipe that claims to be “the best, most chocolatey, fudgiest, decadent, to-die-for, OMG good” brownie EVER and just have to try it. Such was the case with these Ultimate Fudge Brownies.
I’ve tried a few brownie recipes in my time (many flops that I have never even bothered to blog about…or maybe I should have just as a warning to readers haha) and thought I had found the perfect one with the infamous Baked Brownie but honestly, this new one totally gives it a run for its money. And I’m pretty positive I like it better. Ok, I KNOW I do. It’s thicker, denser, fudgier, richer and so, so, SO GOOD. The perfect brownie? Umm, yes. For now at least! I’m not sure it can get any better! And they are easier to make than the Baked Brownie which is another plus when you’re the mom of a newborn. You DEFINITELY need fast and easy.
½ c. White Chocolate Chips (or whatever kind you prefer...dark, milk, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x9 square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a large bowl in the microwave at 30 second increments, stirring each time until the butter is completely melted. Mixture will look gritty. Set aside for a few minutes and let cool slightly.
Stir in the vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition. The batter will be thick and glossy. Add the flour, stirring with a whisk until just combined. Do not overmix the batter. Gently fold in the semi-sweet and white chocolate chips with a large spatula. Pour into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick/tester inserted in the middle comes out clean with only a few crumbs. Do not overbake.
Cool brownies completely on a cooling rack, cut into squares and store in an air-tight container.
Once again, I’ve missed the baking boat. A little while ago I went searching for the ultimate brownie recipe and noticed a lot of bloggers raving about “the famous Baked brownie”. Say what? Please tell me I’m not the only one that doesn’t know about this brownie from a little NYC bakeshop called, well, what else…Baked! From what I can gather, these guys made some brownies that Oprah raved about on her show which pretty much resulted to them being shot into baking stardom overnight. Ok, so I was intrigued and got busy making the brownies.
The verdict? Umm, the BEST BROWNIES I HAVE EVER HAD. No joke. They are dense, fudgy, rich and have that wonderful shiny crackle “crust” on top. Hello, beautiful! I was officially sold on this recipe and promptly went online to order their book and see what other awesome recipes I was missing out on.
If you love brownies, you absolutely MUST try this recipe. Prepare for brownie heaven! Oh yes, MILK. Must have that, very important. Now go bake!
2 c. Dark Chocolate Chips (I used Ghirardelli Bittersweet)
1 c. (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 t. Instant Espresso Powder (I only had instant coffee granules and used 2 teaspoons)
1½ c. Granulated Sugar
½ c. Light Brown Sugar, packed
5 Large Eggs, room tempoerature
1 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of a 9x13 glass or light-colored baking pan. Line with foil, letting extra hang over the sides to use as "handles". Grease the foil.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt and cocoa powder together.
Put the chocolate, butter and instant espresso powder (or instant coffee granules) into a large bowl and melt in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring between each time until completely melted and smooth. Add sugars and whisk until completely combined. Let cool to room temperature.
Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the foil "handles". Cut into squares and serve.