Best Ever Chocolate Brownies

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch square pan and set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and bring it to just below a boil. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Pour in the hot butter and let stand for 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted. Sift in the sugar and cocoa powder. Beat in the mascarpone, eggs, and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Gently fold the flour and salt into the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Spread the warm ganache over the brownies. Allow the ganache to set completely before cutting into squares.

Ganache:

6 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

6 tablespoons heavy cream

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Place the chocolate in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Bring the cream and butter to just below boiling point in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate and let stand for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture until smooth.

The ganache should be used for spreading while warm.


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    I feel if your going to give a recipe the title of best ever, it better knock your socks off. To be honest it has good flavor, but should be in a cake category. By no means is this a brownie it does not have the gooey chewy affect a brownie should have. If you are looking for a good dessert with a side off ice cream this would qualify. Otherwise don't make if your expecting to have brownies, you may be disappointed.
    Sheesh, these were the strangest brownies I've ever eaten. They definitely had a great dark chocolate taste but they were light and pretty dry. I like somewhat dense and very moist brownies and these just weren't that. Any brownie worth its salt should not need a layer of stuff on top so I didn't make the ganache and I'm not sure it would have helped the dryness anyway. I think they are a long way from being the "best ever chocolate brownie".
    I loved these! They are so moist! I didnt put the cheese in because I didn't have any but I still loved them! I actually microwaved them for 10 minutes, and they turned so delicious!
     
    I am definitely making these again, soon!
    Best ever chocolate brownie I reckon !  
    Made this brownie and everyone loved it. Very chocolaty and moist. Added 2/3 cup of chopped walnuts. Do ensure to let the cake set before cutting; Serve with fresh raspberry, vanilla ice-cream and drizzle of caramel sause...you can imagine how happy and pleased my guests were when they ate the brownies... :)
    These are very dark choclate. Which I love. They are like a cross between fudge candy & cake. They were very easy to make. I will make them again & again.
    I don't know why people are giving this recipe less than a 5 rating, maybe they don't know how to bake. I've made these several times with the ganache, and wherever I bring these babies they are all eaten up within minutes. I have yet to find a better brownie recipe. These rock!
    i thought-and the rest of my co-workers agreed-they were fabulous, they were sooo chocolately, definitely not for kids but so ooey gooey delicious CHOCOLATE lovers brownie for sure.
    Otherwise, they would have been tasteless blocks of lead!!! Definitely NOT an Ina recipe!!
    nice soft and rich with chocalate
    This is a very good, very chocolatey, recipe that is ideal for people who have affinities to less sweet desserts. The only variation I used was to use dark chocolate cocoa in place of regular cocoa, but figure the result will generally be the same. The chocolate taste is very strong and enjoyable, but people who enjoy sweeter chocolate may not like this as much. However, for the true chocolate afficionado, it is a wonderful pleasure!
    I am not a big chocolate fan, but my husband and son loved them.....said they were the best they ever tasted. They were definately better the next day though.
    The mascarpone cheese makes these brownie moist. Don't overcook.
    they were the worst tasting brownies that I ever made. I had to throw them all away not one person would eat them. They were sweet but just barely the frosting had no taste but bitter
    This recipe is so decadent and delicious. I made it for my girlfriend's party and it was all the rave, my girlfriend is still asking me to e-mail her the recipe.
     
    Next time I will put nuts in it though.
     

     
    Charlene
     
    New York
    These brownies were easy to make and absolutely delicious! I would definetely make these again! The brownies are very moist and fluffy. The only thing is the ganache didn't turn out as creamy as I had hoped.
    Excellent recipe! I took them to work and they were devoured by all. You must be a chocolate lover, because these are very rich. I think they're more suited to adult tastes, but kids should enjoy them as well (maybe just not as much).
    These are so moist and dense and the ganache on top is to die for. Best Brownies I've ever had.
    Since making these the first time I have made them over 4 times at the request of friends and family. I found them easy enough to make, especially asince their is no double boiler involved to melt the chocolate
    mmmmmm, these were the best brownies i have ever eaten! despite my attempts to ruin the ganache by splashing vodka-cream pasta sauce in it (multitasking, of course), thereby requiring me to do that part again, it was beautiful. rich and chocolatey, not too sweet but very moist. you have not tried a brownie until you have eaten this one!
    The title says it all. These brownies, with the chocolate ganache are a chocolate lovers dream. They are not difficult to make, neither is the ganache. They are rich, velvety, squidy and gorgeous. I promise you they will not last long in your household. The only modification I made? I put walnuts in them as I love brownies with walnuts.
    I've made these brownies twice already. Once for a Christmas gift for someone, and then AGAIN for that person a few months later at a very relentless request. They're not exactly the healthiest brownies in the world, but they certainly ARE the BEST-EVER tasting brownies!! Just remember to let them completely cool before putting the ganache on...
    Great!
    these are the moistest brownies i've ever seen. they taste good and took no more than 10 minutes to whip up. great recipe, you should try!
    This recipe reminded me of the brownie in the brownie sundae I use to get at a restaurant in Dallas that has since taken it off its menu. It taste almost identical. Needless to say, I love this recipe as did the people in my office. It is very rich and the frosting gives it that extra special touch. Will be making this again this week.
    I made them for my son's soccer team and they were devoured. I just cut them into small squares because they are so rich. Every crumb was eaten.
    If you like rich, this is the recipe for you. Very chocolaty and moist, almost like fudge. DELICIOUS!
    i made this for my friends and they love tham
    very easy simplistic. Delicious. If your craving chocolate...this is it ladies. And Men? This will make a woman marry you.
    These things are the most decadent, sumptuous, silky, mouthwatering brownie I have ever tasted. However, they are VERY rich and probably will most likely appeal to those who prefer a less sweet, darker chocoalte brownie (like me!)
     
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