We got two kinds of bittersweet baking chocolates from Lauren Adler, owner of Chocolopolis, to try an A / B baking chocolate experiment. I wanted to make brownies, but haven’t found a really great brownie recipe. So I went straight to David Lebovitz’s blog to see if he had one, since every dessert he touches is gold, and chocolate is his specialty. The recipe I found there wasn’t his but Nick Malgieri’s “Supernatural” Brownies, which sounded great. Then, before I had a chance to make the brownies, I was reading the September issue of Saveur, and the very same recipe is printed in there. It was settled – now I knew I had to make them.
The chocolates we wanted to compare are Valrhona Manjari 64%, and Guittard Coucher du Soleil 72%. On their own, they’re both good, but I like the Valrhona better because it has the hints of cherry that I really like. But would we be able to tell the difference in brownies?
To make it a true A / B experiment, I used the same eggs, butter, vanilla, etc., and I baked them side-by-side in the oven, switching sides halfway through baking.
The result is a super fudgy moist brownie – exactly what I was hoping for! So could we tell the difference? Well, the Valrhona brownie had a slightly brighter chocolate flavor, while the Guittard has a bit deeper intense chocolate flavor. But the difference is subtle. No matter, because it turns out this recipe is awesome! This is definitely going to be my brownie recipe of choice from now on.
We’ll be bringing a half pan of each batch to Chocolopolis tomorrow morning for Lauren to try. If you’re reading this and would like to try the taste test for yourself, head on up to her store, ask for my brownies, and she’ll give you a sample of each. The thing that isn’t mentioned in the Saveur issue but is mentioned on David’s blog is that brownies improve after sitting for a day or two. Lauren says 3-4 days is even better which is why she told me she’ll keep them on hand until Wednesday, if they’re not gone before then. If you’re planning on stopping by, note that the store is closed Mondays. Report back here on what you think!