Monday, October 15, 2012

Ad Hoc Brownies

Who doesn't like a brownie? If you don't, then that makes me a little sad.

I'm assuming you are still reading, so my second question is, are you an edge or middle person? Some people like the inside part of the brownies. Maybe you fancy the piece where the brownie is extra moist, super soft, chewy, sticky & has a chance to be a little underdone.

But I fancy an edge, and if I get really lucky, I snag a corner. Nobody puts this baby in a corner, unless I've got a corner brownie to keep me happy. Have you heard of this pan? It was my Christmas present a couple years ago, & the most expensive pan I own. It is also worth every penny.

So when I received my new Thomas Keller book Ad Hoc at Home, I was super excited to try the brownie recipe. Chef Keller uses a 9 inch silicon mold, which I might use if I was making brownies to please everybody. But right now, momma needs an edge brownie, and that's just what I'm gonna do.

Ad Hoc Brownies

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened alkalized cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter (cut into 1 tablespoon pieces)
3 large eggs
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla paste or pure vanilla extract
6 ounces 61-64% chocolate (chopped into chip-sized pieces, about 1 1/2 cups)
Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder & salt.  Set aside.

Melt half the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat & put the remaining butter in a medium sized bowl to the side. 
This butter is patiently waiting

Pour the melted butter over the bowl of butter and stir until creamy. 
Melted butter over cooled butter

Using a paddle attachment, mix together the eggs & sugar on medium speed for three minutes - the mixture should be thick & pale. Add the vanilla. On low speed add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients, then 1/3 of the butter and continue to alternate. 

Thick & pale...this might describe someone I know, but I'm not saying
Add the chocolate and mix to combine. 

Note: it says the batter can be stored up to 1 week. I've never in my life made batter and NOT baked it immediately, but you never know.

Spread batter evenly in the pan. 

The batter is a little challenging to get in this pan, but well worth it. 
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan until the brownies are a bit warmer than room temperature. Run a knife through the edges, invert the pan. Cut into 12 rectangles & dust the tops with powdered sugar before serving. 

Store in an airtight container for up to two days. 

These brownies are super delicious and well buttery. If you're going to splurge with these guys, buy the better butter. Trust me, it makes a difference and a few bucks goes a long way. Below are some pictures of the complicated clean-up process. It's hard to be on the dish washing crew sometimes. Enjoy!
Clean up is easy

This is my sous chef, actually I am the sous chef. 


  1. Yes, I believe you are INDEED related to me....I'm an edge girl (errrr....old woman!) and always have been! Gotta get me one of those edge pans! And am also an edge (preferably CORNER) for the CAKE lady, too!!! Those look MIGHTY tasty!! And Miss A....well, she's a girl after my own heart, too!! Lick that spatula, Miss Thang!!!

  2. uuuhhhh, that was supposed to be "of the cake" not FOR the cake!

  3. Those pans are the best! Heck yes for corners!

  4. I'm a corner girl too! Love a corner brownie but I must admit I snag the first piece of lasagna just to get a corner!!