If you are a fan of chewy, fudge-like brownies, you’ll love this recipe. I did have to make this twice, to make sure I had the baking time right, but it was worth it. They are truly fabulous! Thick, chewy, rich! You won’t need any mixing bowls for this recipe, everything happens in the cast iron skillet. The only additional tools will be some measuring cups, a measuring spoon, a wooden spoon for stirring, and a rubber spatula.
I developed this recipe myself. It’s adapted from one that I have always baked in a 13×9 baking pan, so I scaled it down a bit. If you have a favorite brownie recipe of your own, you can certainly use that and just watch the baking time. It’s also important to note that I used a 9 3/4″ cast iron skillet. If yours is larger or smaller, you’ll need to adjust the baking time a bit.
You’ll also notice that my oven temperature is set to 325, rather than the standard 350 that most brownie recipes call for. That’s because these are fairly thick brownies and you don’t want to over bake the outside and under bake the insides. So instead, I decreased the temperature and increased the baking time. In fact, the picture of the individual slice above is from the first batch, which was a little underdone, BUT would be perfect warmed with ice cream. So on to the recipe, shall we??
Don’t they stick to the pan?? No, the seasoning from your cast iron skillet will keep the brownies from sticking. I suggest using an icing spatula to remove the wedges.
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
- 3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup unbleached all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place cast iron skillet on stovetop burner.
- Cut butter into 6 chunks and place in skillet with the chocolate. Cook over very low heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
- Because the heat is low, it can take some time, so measure out your other ingredients while it's melting, so you aren't tempted to turn up the heat!
- When the chocolate and butter are completely melted, remove pan from the heat and add both sugars. Stir until everything is combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time, stir well after each addition.
- Add vanilla, stir well.
- Add flour and salt and stir until there are no traces of flour left.
- Use a rubber spatula around the edge of the pan to clean off the sides and get all the batter into the middle.
- Place skillet in the oven and bake for 50 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center to test for doneness. Toothpick should come out clean, with the possibility of a couple of crumbs. If it's still wet, put back in the oven and bake at 5 minute intervals.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. If you like warm brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce (mmmmmmm!), cut a wedge now. :) Otherwise, cool brownies completely before cutting into wedges.
Here are some other recipes you may enjoy:
More great cast iron recipes:
Cast Iron Cornbread – from The Paupered Chef
Blackberry Cobbler – from Buns In My Oven
Cast Iron Skillet Pizza – from Last Night’s Dinner
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – from The Alchemist