Brownies for Grown-Ups

I had been meaning to try my hand at making brownies again for quite some time. I hesitated at first: I have not yet met anyone who does not like brownies, but I have also not yet met anyone who does not have strong views on what constitutes a good brownie. Although most people agree a brownie should be ‘fudgey’ (although to different degrees for different people) and never ‘cakey’, brownies can be tricky to bake as you are meant to pull them out of the oven a little early – so the little trick involving a toothpick to check for doneness of a cake just does not work for brownies – right when you are supposed to take them out of the oven, any toothpick you have used to prod your brownies will be covered in gooey chocolatey brownie dough. However, this would also have been the case 5 minutes earlier and would still be the case had you

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