Perfect Brownie

I did it. I finally did it. I created the perfect brownie yesterday. I have the recipe. I can make them again. And again. And Again. I can make them whenever I want.

They're rich, oh so rich.
They're moist.
They're fudgey.
They're dense, not cakey!
They're intensely and intriguingly chocolatey.
They're compact and don't fall apart when I cut them.
They're beautiful to look at.

I would post a picture, but my youngest just ate the last one.

I've been making and remaking different brownie recipes for over twenty years trying to come up with the perfect brownie. I've dreamed of the perfect brownie. I almost gave up hope a year ago, and swore I'd never make another brownie again. But the allure of the quest was just too strong, so I continued.

How do I know I have the perfect brownie? With every other recipe I've made, there was always something I wished was different (e.g., richer, not so rich, more fudgey, less dense, more moist, etc.), but with this batch, I wasn't able to think of a single thing I wish was different. So that's when I realized I'd made the perfect brownie.

For some reason, I really believed that if this moment ever came, it would change my life. I thought people would go crazy with excitement and adulation. I imagined it would make me a local hero, and in time, a national hero. Surprisingly, and much to my disappointment, none of that has happened. I took a plate to a family reunion and didn't hear a single comment about them. My man and kids liked them and ate them all, but weren't doing back flips.

Today is just like yesterday, and like last week, and like a year ago when I was about to give up. Why aren't things different? Was my twenty year quest in vain? Is this one of those things that won't be appreciated until I'm dead? Don't other people like brownies like I do? Will it all change if/when I perfect the chocolate chip cookie?

For what it's worth, here's my recipe:
Warning: these are very rich. They are dense and fudgey...not for the timid or the cakey-brownie lovers out there.

"Perfect" Chocolate Brownies
1 cube unsalted butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 C. sugar
2 t vanilla
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
1/4 t salt
1/2 C. flour
2 T cocoa

1. Grease an 8" square pan (can double in a 9 x 13)
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
3. On stove top in large sauce pan, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
4. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt (yep, all right in the same pan.)
5. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir very well after each egg is added.
6. Add flour and cocoa and stir until smooth.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth surface.
8. Bake for 30 - 45 min., or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the toothpick comes out clean, you've baked them for too long.
9. Allow to cool for two hours before cutting.


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