Ad Hoc brownies
dark, tender, and moist brownies by famed chef Thomas Keller
I’ve been cooking out of the Ad Hoc cookbook lately, the third from Thomas Keller, one of the greatest chefs of our time. Ad Hoc is the most approachable of his four tomes. It contains recipes inspired from his casual, communal-style restaurant in Yountville.
One of the easiest recipes you’ll find in this book is the brownie recipe on page 303. It gets its depth from cocoa, its richness from a staggering three sticks of butter. The brownies emerge as delicate as can be from the oven, owing to the high percentage of cocoa which has no gluten. I found these easier to slice neatly after I wrapped them and placed them in the freezer for two hours.
Give these a try if your preference is for ultra-dark, super tender brownies. (Note: these are not chewy!)
Ad Hoc Brownies
(Thomas Keller says this recipe makes 12 brownies. I say they make 18 because I haven’t been able to get into my jeans since early 2009.)3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup unsweetened alkalized cocoa powder 1 tsp kosher salt 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1 tbsp chunks 3 large eggs 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract 6 oz. 61-64% chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9″ square pan.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, place half the amount of cubed butter. In a saucepan, melt the remaining half of the butter over medium heat, stirring. Pour the melted butter over the cubed butter, and stir to combine. The butter should look creamy, with bits of unmelted butter still present.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar on medium speed for three minutes, until light and doubled in volume. Add the vanilla. On low speed, alternate adding the flour and the butter in several additions. Stir in the chopped chcocolate.
Pour the batter into pan, and bake for 40-45 minutes. (Note: My brownies were done in 38 minutes.)
Cool and dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Posted: February 15th, 2010 under Uncategorized.