August 1, 2012

Julia Child’s Best-Ever Brownies {Powernap}

Julia Child's Best Ever Brownies via The Naptime Chef

Today I am joining in the PBS celebration of Julia Child’s life in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday this August. People from all over are spending the month cooking their favorite Julia recipes and sharing them far and wide in the spirit of food and friendship. My favorite Julia recipe has long been her brownies. They are the perfect combination of fudgy and cakey and I simply adore them served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Whether you are familiar with the incomparable Julia or not, I encourage you to check out the amazing recipes that are being put up in her honor across the web. It is Julia Child culinary feast of sorts and a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday. Bon Appetit!


┬áJulia Child’s Best-Ever Brownies


1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Stir together the flour and salt and set aside.

3. In a microwave proof bowl melt the butter and chocolate on low heat, stirring everything 20 seconds until just melted. Once it is melted add 1 cup of the sugar to the chocolate and stir well. Then stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture into a large bowl.

4. In a small bowl whisk together the remaining sugar and eggs. Pour half of this mixture into the chocolate and stir well. With the remaining sugar and eggs whip until thick, pale, and doubled in volume.

5. Carefully fold the whipped egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, only stopping once it is just combined. Then carefully fold in the dry ingredients.

6. Pour the batter into a 9-inch square pan that has been lightly buttered. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with only a few moist crumbs attach.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These brownies are awesomely thick so you only need to serve small pieces. Be sure to serve with a big glass of milk!

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 30 minutes cook time

Naptime Reviews

These fudgey thick brownies are a huge hit in our house!

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