I went to my friend Tricia's the other night, and had the best brownie of my life. I had no idea brownies could be like this. Up to this point it is safe to say I was not a brownie person- I'll take a cookie or piece of cake over a standard brownie nine times out of ten, but this particular brownie changed everything. It showed me the potential of the simple brownie, and made me a believer. The brownie at Tricia's was called a Scharffen Berger Adult Brownie. I thought she said she got it at the Scharffen Berger Factory which is right near her house, but now I'm not positive.
The brownie: It was large, dense, relatively flat, and the consistency was slightly cakier than a piece of fudge, but just as creamy.
Last weekend I went down to the Scharffen Berger shop at the new Ferry Plaza Market, and the guy there told me they didn't sell the adult brownies, but that there were a few brownie recipes on their website.
The one that sounded closest to what I was after was called 'Robert's Favorite Fudgy Brownies' or Scharffen Berger 70% Fudgy Brownies . The recipe only has a handful of ingredients including a bar of $10 bittersweet chocolate, butter, sugar, vanilla, couple eggs, and I left out the nuts.
I melted the chocolate and butter in a makeshift double boiler, then mixed in the rest of the ingredients off the heat. Into the oven it went for 35+ minutes. I have to be honest, It was hard for me to tell when these were done. According to the instructions I was supposed to do the standard toothpick test. But no dice on that front, the brownie batter was a bubbling lava-like pool in my oven only setting up near the edges a bit. So I pulled them out at around 35 minutes, and hoped for the best.
I had a taste warm out of the oven, but the real magic happened the next morning when the brownies had cooled and set up. The consistency was somewhere between a chocolate bar and a dense brownie. If you love chocolate, these are for you.
I have tasted the ultimate brownie, and now I just need to figure out how to make it-this wasn't quite it. While this recipe didn't produce quite the same brownie I was after--they were pretty close. The 'Adult' brownie, was just much creamier. There are four other brownie recipes on the SB site, and rumor has it there are recipes inside the boxes of the Unsweetened bars---there weren't any recipes inside my bittersweet bar.
Will try a couple of the others and try to hit the mark.
Scharffen Berger 70% Fudgy Brownies
6 ounces Scharffen Berger 70% Bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Heat oven to 325 F.
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler over simmering water.
Stir sugar into chocolate until blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts. Spread into a buttered 13" x 9" baking pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes up with crumbs (not batter). Cool in pan.