Fudgy Brownies

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, I was in a mood for something easy but definitely good. For this job I reached for my copy of Tartine. Tartine is a popular bakery and cafe in SF, California, which owned by Elisabeth Prueitt who is also the cookbook author. This is one of my favorite books because the pictures are just plain gorgeous and the instructions are very clear and seems easy enough to follow and with it's glowing review in amazon, I just know I have to try it. I must admit I haven't been using it that much but for the few times I did, it always turn out good, just like this one did.

First thing that caught my attention is that it calls for 455 grams of chocolate, that's almost half a kilo! Wow! this got to be good, right? I couldn't wait to give this a try. I got used to using just cocoa powder like this which I got from KAF, to get that chocolate kick which is fine because these tasted good too however sometimes I want my brownies fudgy and Tartine's certainly delivers that. This particular brownie doesn't call for any leavening agent, no baking powder, no baking soda, nothing. I'm like what? how can that be? Apparently, whipped eggs serves as leavening too! How cool is that? This I got to see. As my regular readers probably know, I'm lazy during Sundays so normally I don't bring out my heavy KA stand mixer. However, today is different cause I got curious :P

I got so excited making this that something disastrous almost happened. Can you guess what? I apparently forgot to the flour! Good thing is whenever I bake right after putting anything in the oven, while waiting for my baked goods to bake, I got into the habit of cleaning up, that's when I saw my bowl of flour! Zeez! at this point my brownies just got in the oven few seconds ago, so I quickly pull it out and sprinkle the flour all over, and with a wire whisk, whisk in my flour gingerly. I was afraid to deflate the batter, being it leavening free and all.

Twenty minutes later the house smells so good! I think that's one of the reason I like to bake, it makes the house feel so homey. Yum! Keeping in mind that there's almost half a kilo of choclates in them, I didn't want to dull the chocolate experience and simply decorate them with powdered sugar, just like what Nigella often do in her shows. Light dusting of powdered sugar makes them look more chic rather than leaving them bare. Don't they look pretty!

This is definitely a must repeat, if you know what I mean :D


I'm a nine to five pencil pusher who loves to play with flour and paper during my free time. Dreams of going to Europe and eat croissants and make pastries all day long!


  1. Yep, they look pretty. I love that they worked out for you-- that is one of my favorite cookbooks.

  2. Beautiful brownies! I love the dusting of powdered sugar, very elegant. I got Tartine recently and haven't made much from it yet - I'll have to give these a shot.

  3. these look delicious! i need to check out that book!

  4. Awesome brownies. I'm new to your blog. You have great desserts, posts and photos. I'm looking forward to reading more of your adventures in pastries.

  5. Well, in my house, yesterday was fudgy blondie day. So next time, I'll get to swap and try your recipe I guess :)

  6. thanks for dropping in everyone and yes if you have a copy of the tartine book please give this brownies a try