CHOW’s version of this classic is just a bit fudgy and not too sweet, with a nice cakey top. It’s a recipe for brownie purists, but add nuts or chocolate chips as you like.
What to buy: We use 60 percent bittersweet chocolate in this recipe, but for more intensity feel free to use a chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa (but not unsweetened).
Game plan: These brownies will last up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Beverage pairing: Rogue Chocolate Stout, Oregon. Few things are more delicious than the combination of bitter and sweet. This dark beer brewed with bittersweet chocolate brings a toasty, dark palate to the table, as well as the slightly bitter flavors of deeply roasted malt. And its acidity and creamy carbonation provide a mouth-cleansing rinse.