Thursday, June 16, 2016

Domo Kun Approved Brownies

Had the kind of day that leaves you craving a big brownie?

Sure you can make a gluten free, fat free, sugar free brownie. That would be known as "compost".

Or you can make the Domo kun of brownies - dense, chewy, able to hold up to a glass of milk, and seriously taking away any chocolate craving you had. These are dense and chewy and very rich - you'll never go back to boxed brownies again. For those of you who haven't been to Japan - Domo Kun is the official mascot of Japan's public broadcaster NHK, and you see him all around town. He's shaped like a giant brownie with teeth and legs.  I've several toy plushie Domo Kuns around the Range.

Dark Chocolate Brownies

1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons(78 grams) all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6  ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (my fav - Scharffen Berger Unsweetened Dark) 
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon very finely ground coffee
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon Penzey's Mexican vanilla 
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I love the 365 brand from Whole Foods)

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Grease an 8 x 8 pan or drape parchment paper across it so you can just lift the brownies out when cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and salt  together.

Put the chocolate, butter, and coffee in a large heat-proof bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Quickly whisk in the sugars in until combined, then remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

When cool, add 2 eggs to the chocolate/butter  mixture and whisk until combined. Add remaining egg and whisk. Add the vanilla extract and stir until combined. Mix ONLY until combined - too much mixing adds air bubbles into the egg mixture which makes for a cake like brownie - not our goal here.

Add the flour mixture and chips to the chocolate mixture and fold until just combined (you will likely see a few small streaks of flour still).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread with a spatula until evenly distributed in pan.. Bake in the center of the oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time.  Stick with a toothpick at 20 minutes. Brownies are done with the toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached to it, you don't want it to be a dry toothpick as in making cake.

Let the brownies cool completely before serving.


  1. Thanks - my chocolate craving now has me quivering!!! :)


  2. " ... several toy plushie Domo Kuns around the Range." For target practice??

    Thanks for the recipe. I have to try this immediately!

  3. Thanks for explaining what Domo Kum is. I had always wondered what the fudgesickle-looking thing with teeth was!

  4. I would like to know why you and Partner don't weight 400 lbs?

    1. Partner has the metabolism I had 25 years ago - I switch to veggies, a little full fat dairy and lean protein if I gain a couple of pounds.

  5. The thing I lost that I miss the most is my metabolism!
    Don't miss my mind at all! :)



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