I created this recipe because I had many bars of dark chocolate and I had a bag full of cacao nibs.
Why did I have so many bars of dark chocolate? Because I was in Duane Reade (a drug store) and they had Sweetriot chocolate on sale for $1! ONE DOLLAR!!! So, naturally, I grabbed a lot. 2 each of 60, 70, and 85% dark chocolate bars. These are organic, fair trade chocolate bars. I should have bought the whole bin of chocolate!
After making these brownies with an 85% and a 60% dark chocolate bar I REALLY should have bought the whole bin full of bars! The rich and smokey flavor of the brownie satisfied everyone from the people who needed a sugar kick to the dark chocolate lovers.
The cacao nibs were a sweet extra touch that added a nice crunch on top.NYTimes Supernatural Brownie)
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (try sweetriot's chocolate)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar, such as muscovado (Erika's Extra Note: light brown sugar works fine as well)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cacao nibs (or more)
1. Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking pan and line with buttered parchment paper. (Erika's note: This recipe is so buttery I've never needed to use parchment paper.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, or on low power in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate together. Cool slightly. In a large bowl or mixer, whisk eggs. Whisk in salt, sugars and vanilla.
2. Whisk in chocolate mixture. Fold in flour just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle cacao nibs on top of batter.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until shiny and beginning to crack on top. Cool in pan on rack.
Yield: 15 large or 24 small brownies.
Note: For best flavor, bake 1 day before serving, let cool and store, tightly wrapped.