Please excuse my “The Lord of the Rings” reference, but it has to be said. This is honestly, truly, cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die the one fudgy brownie to rule them all. And it has a background story. Ahem..
My dearest husband has a couple of…what you might call…”tacky” favorite foods. Let me explain. I don’t claim to be a food snob by any means—heck, I enjoy a Little Caesars pizza as much as the next person—but he and I really do love eating great food, wherever we can get it from. We love making food from scratch, we love finding great recipes, and we LOVE trying unique and delicious restaurants. I even recruit his help with food ideas and food photography from time to time. And yet, you ask him his favorite cookie? Pilsbury. His favorite brownie? Ghiradelli. Woah, woah, what?! I try not to be offended, but, OKAY I JUST AM. He’s married to a girl who constantly thinks and reads and blogs about food, and yet Ghiradelli takes the cake?! I mean, brownie?! I’ll admit that Ghiradelli brownies are good, but favorite?!! Seriously?!! Okay, ending rant now.
Anyways, as you can imagine, I was quite distraught when I learned this truth from him. And all he said was, “Well, find a brownie that’s better then.” His criteria:
So that’s what I had to go off of. I have searched, and researched, and experimented, and pillaged Pinterest in search of this magic brownie, and today I can triumphantly claim, “I have found the one brownie to rule them all!” After Mitch took a bite, under the glare of my eager eyes, I said, “Well??”
Said he: “This is better than Ghiradelli.” I think I may just frame that.
So if you’re looking for a ridiculously fudgy, pure, unadulterated, chocolate brownie with a thin, crinkly top, this is the brownie for you, my friend.
I found this recipe over at Yammie’s Noshery, but had to tweak the instructions ever so slightly to work for me, and I just couldn’t stop myself from adding a pinch of sea salt to the top. Because, you know, sweet & salty are like the ying and yang to my sweet tooth. But if you’re not into that, you can totally leave the sea salt off and it’s still the best darn fudgy brownie you’ll ever taste.
So take that, Ghiradelli. Pilsbury, you’re up next.