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Comatose Brownies

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Introduction

This brownie is so dense, so rich and so dark, it's almost unholy. Lightweights beware! One single bite is all it takes to send you to the couch or, if you're not careful, the floor... It's the ultimate chocolate coma.

Ingredients

Serves: 24 doses

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (Good quality, please.)
  • 2 tablespoons espresso coffee (Or strong regular coffee)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate (chopped rather finely)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Method

Comatose Brownies is a community recipe submitted by ClassicGamer86 and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. LIBERALLY grease a 9x13" baking pan/tin. (I like to use nonstick cooking spray for baking)
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, then add the sugar, stirring occasionally. When the mixture forms the smallest bubbles and appears shiny, shut off the heat.
  • Add the unsweetened cocoa and salt. Beat very well.
  • Add the vanilla and espresso and stir gently, but well.
  • Carefully add the eggs, stirring well after each egg. Or just dump them all in and stir like crazy. Whichever.
  • Add the flour, all at once, stirring slowly at first so you don't wear it! Then add the milk. The batter will appear almost too thin. This is normal.
  • In the event your batter is very warm, allow to cool completely. Otherwise, add the chocolates. The coarser your unsweetened chocolate is, the more sharp the brownies will be.
  • Add the nuts, raisins and coconut if desired. All the additions are strongly recommended! The raisins will play nicely off the unsweetened chocolate, as will the coconut. The nuts simply offer crunchy goodness and even more flavor. Please reserve 1/2 cup of the coconut to garnish on top before baking. Note: Adding the additions will cause the batter to turn very dense, very quickly.
  • Pour (or, rather at this point, spoon) the thick, dark batter into the pan and evenly pat it down with either a silicone spatula or your hands. Be very careful to scrape every bit of the powerful weapon you're about to create out from the saucepan! Top with the remaining coconut, if using.
  • Take caution: The batter will be very VERY heavy!
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out semi-clean. Note: After all the additions, baking time may take up to one hour.
  • Allow the brownies to cool COMPLETELY before cutting, otherwise you risk disaster: Chocolate will run everywhere and the brownies will completely fall apart.
  • Brace yourself for the chocolate coma you're about to put yourself (Or your friends!) through. Enjoy!
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    What 2 Others have said

    • Forgive me, ladies and gents. That's 1/2 cup butter plus 5 tablespoons, not 1 whole cup!

      Posted by ClassicGamer86 on 21st December 2014
    • Forgive me, ladies and gentlemen. That's 1 STICK of butter (1/2 cup) plus 5 tablespoons... not one whole cup. I couldn't find a way to edit the recipe after it was published to avoid the embarrassment. I'm sorry! Still, I hope you enjoy them.

      Posted by ClassicGamer86 on 19th December 2014
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