Friday, September 11, 2009

The Notting Hill Brownies recipe

I am putting this recipe here on this blog so I won't lose it. Molly and I made these at her house once and Molly was so impressed, she immediately put some on a plate to take to her neighbors, sure that these brownies would impress them so much, they would want to come to church with her!

Notting Hill Brownies
2 cups butter (1 lb.) melted and cooled (1 and 1/2 cups work good, too)
2 cups granulated sugar (joan uses 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cup brown sugar - (packed)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 large eggs lightly beaten
1 1/3 cup cocoa
2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups walnuts or pecans (optiona l)
Nonstick cooking spray (Joan uses oil or melted butter.)

Method : Blend melted butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar in bowl of large mixer. Add vanilla and eggs and blend well on slow speed until combined. Stir together cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl. Fold into batter and blend well, scraping bottom of mixing bowl to ensure ingredients are evenly combined, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in nuts if using. Pour or spoon into 13- by 9-inch baking pan greased with cooking spray and lined with parchment paper. Place pan on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until brownies are set and slightly firm but not dried out, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool, then freeze 1 hour before cutting. To cut, unmold from baking pan. Peel off parchment paper. Cut into large blocks (about 2 1/2 by 3 inches). Wrap each in wax paper and keep frozen or refrigerated. This recipe yields 15 large brownies.

Note: When I bake them for 40 minutes, and then put atoothpick in to test it, it is still quite bake it a little linger..try not to overbake. It is tricky.

Comments: These Notting Hill Brownies (from the comedy with the same name) are high and dense and make a dramatic statement. To serve these for a party, pile brownies on a platter and dust with powdered sugar. They're also great served with a scoop of ice cream on top and chocolate syrup or frost with Master Brownie Frosting (see recipe) for a rich, chocolate treat.