(c) A Marcy Goldman, BetterBaking.Com Original Recipe
Notting Hill Brownies
Over 3000 downloads! These treats were inspired by the "brownie scene" in the movie Notting Hill. The characters stage a contest to determine whose life is more miserable and whom should enjoy the last brownie left over from dinner. They passed around a mega brownie that seemed luscious. I had to replicate it. This one is big, hunky, decadent, and the one I make almost weekly. It is that good. They are wonderful with icing but they always disappear before I can even frost an inch of them. Here's the movie clip that inspired my original recipe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTjIRQU_HdM
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups unsalted butter - melted and cooled
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups cocoa
1 cup walnuts - chopped (optional)
3/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-by-13 inch pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment paper. In a mixer, blend melted butter with white and brown sugars, then add vanilla and eggs. Blend well on slow speed. In a separate bowl, stir cocoa, flour, and salt. Fold into batter and blend well, scraping bottom of mixing bowl to ensure ingredients are evenly combined. Pour or spoon into prepared pan.
Place pan on a baking sheet (this protects bottom from overbaking while top bakes). Bake until done (35 to 40 minutes). Brownies will be set and slightly firm but not dry; in fact, take them out when they are just set but you might think are not quite baked. They probably are. Cool, then place cake (in pan) in freezer for 1 hour before cutting.
To cut, unmold cake and peel off parchment paper. Cut into large blocks (about 2 1/2 by 3 inches). Wrap each piece in wax paper and keep frozen or refrigerated. To serve for a garden party, pile brownies on a platter and dust with confectioners' sugar.
Terrific served with a scoop of ice cream on top and chocolate syrup.
Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on size.
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