Bluff City Coffee pastry chef Jason Doty makes some of the best brownies in Memphis, and he was kind enough to share his recipe with me so that I could share it with you so that we all could eat these delicious brownies whenever our hearts desire.
Step 1: Assemble your ingredients.
– 3 cups of sugar
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
– 22 ounces (that's two bags) of chocolate chips
– 1 pound (four sticks) of butter
– 10 eggs
– 4 teaspoons vanilla
Step 2: Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a big bowl.
Use a bigger bowl than you think you'll need – you'll be adding more to this bowl later. I went with the biggest bowl in my kitchen.
Step 3. Put the chocolate chips and butter into a microwave safe bowl and heat until melted (3-4 minutes).
I opted to take mine out after two minutes and stir it all up. Once everything is good and melted, whisk it all together so that it's creamy and consistent. It'll look something like this:
Step 4: In another bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together. Again, this needs to be kind of a big bowl, because you'll be pouring the chocolate and butter mixture into it later.
Step 5: With a whisk, slowly temper the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the eggs until well combined.
This means that you very slowly (so as not to cook the eggs) add the chocolate into the eggs, bit by bit. I found it easiest to have someone else whisk while I added, but that's mostly because my bowls are super heavy.
Step 6: With a rubber spatula, fold the chocolate and egg mixture into the dry ingredients.
Step 7: Grease two 9×9 baking pans and pour the batter in, using about half (3 pounds) in each pan.
The pans I used weren't 9×9, and they came out fine. Personally, I like my Baker's Edge pan the best – it makes every brownie an edge piece and everyone knows that the edge pieces are the best.
Step 8: Bake on the middle rack of a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
Step 9: Let them cool, then go crazy on them.
(As a bonus, these are easily the best-looking brownies I've ever made. Eugene said that they "look like catalog brownies", and he's right. They get a nice, caramel-y crust on top, and they're gooey and perfect on the inside.)
If you're not feeling industrious, you can sample Jason's brownies (and his other baked delights) at Bluff City Coffee on South Main St.