“Ad Hoc” Brownies – Thanks Thomas Keller!

Levi has been begging for brownies. Last week I made these blondies and the other day I made Mexican Wedding Cookies from Ready for Desserts. I also made a peanut butter pie.

Still, he wanted brownies. I had to honor his wish. Upon walking up to my large bookcase that holds my vast collection of cook books, it was Ad Hoc at Home that jumped out at me. I turned to the back of the book and I instantly opened the page to the brownies.  I had no choice. Along with laundry, preparing my meals for the week, brownies had become part of my Sunday morning routine.

Brownies are effortless. One bowl, few ingredients, a pan of some sort, and a short baking time. Unlike cookies, where every seven minutes you have to rotate the sheets, scoop and drop your batter, brownies are the equivalent to a one pot dish.

I have made a lot of brownies in my day, but these are not only super moist, but light and fudgy all at the same time.  So, I say thank you to Levi for making me cook from this book that I don’t nearly use enough and for sharing your smile when you walked into the kitchen that morning, bed hair and all!


Thomas Keller’s Brownies


3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large, organic eggs
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar(I used organic cane sugar)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 oz.(1 1/2 cups) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
powdered sugar for dusting


• preheat oven to 350F.  butter and flour a 9″ metal baking pan. set aside.
• sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside
• melt half the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
•put the other half of the butter in a medium bowl. pour the melted butter over the unmelted butter. let melt.
• whisk together, the consistancy should be slightly creamy with a few chunks of the unmelted butter. set aside to cool to room temperature
• in the work bowl of your electric mixer, cream the eggs and the sugar, until thick and pale yellow.
• mix in the vanilla.
• on low speed, add the dry ingredients and the butter alternatively in three batches.
• remove bowl from the mixer and using a rubber spatula, add your chocolate chunks.
• spread the batter evenly in the pan.
• bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs.
• cool to room temperature.
• remove from the pan and place on a cutting board.  I like to put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.  makes cutting much easier.
• dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

Need more brownie inspiration?
Fudgy Caramel Brownies – Recipe Girl
Biscoff Brownies – Bake at 350*
Peanut Butter Brownie Bites – Tidy Mom
Snickers Bar – Canelle et Vanilla
Valentines Day Brownies – I am Baker

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  • Reply

    Girl, I am with Levi….bring on the brownies!! Especially Thomas Keller ones 🙂

  • Maria

    These look great Susan!

  • Patricia Scarpin

    They look so moist! And very chocolately, too – I am sure Levi was very happy with these!

    Suz, how about the book? Do you like it? Would you recommend it?


    • Susan

      Hi You! Miss you tons. In terms of the book – it is visually beautiful. And very inspirational. Some of the recipes have far too many steps for me (being the home cook that I am), but in answer to your question, YES. I think it is one of those books that you will cherish for many years to come.

  • Kim

    These brownies looks amazing. I’m a huge huge fan of brownies and you can be sure that when I’ll have a craving for these, I’ll definitly try these!

    • Susan

      Brownies are universal! Such a great invention!

  • Reply

    I’ll have to try these…perhaps with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top! Mmm.

  • Nancy@acommunaltable

    Oooh… these look delicious – and after reading the recipe, I think these would ship beautifully!! Starting to collect recipes to make to ship to “da boyz” – i.e. my son and all his friends at school!

  • Lucy Lean

    Remy has made these before – and they were delicious – but 3 sticks of butter!!!?! x

  • Amanda

    So how did these compare? They look amazing… so rich and chocolatey!!!

    • Susan

      Amanda – so good. I do love a good brownie and these are super good. Aside from the brown butter brownies by Alice Medrich or a favorite David Lebovitz brownie (or my moms) these are pretty fantabulous!

  • elizabeth silver

    Yes, I have made them. very good indeed. I like Nancy Silverstein’s brownies a bit more. All in all a good brownie is a good brownie. thanks for sharing lots of love liz

    • Susan

      Liz – you are so right, nothing like a good brownie. How was France??? Let’s catch up. x

  • Esi

    Do you have any left? Can I have one?

    • Susan

      Sadly, no brownies, but I am doing some baking this weekend. Come over!!!!!

  • Linda

    Hummmm…..I think I really need to try these. Thanks for posting…
    This week is all about getting my youngest off to college…but maybe he needs some brownies to take with him!

    • Susan

      Thanks, Linda. Yes – perfect for the college bound!

  • Georgia Pellegrini

    Ad Hoc is such a cool restaurant. Their fried chicken is awesome too!

    • Susan

      Ahh, fried chicken. Lifes best guilty pleasure!

  • Reply

    I have been contemplating making these brownies for the longest time, they have been calling my name but I managed to resist until now. Now that I know how great they are I’m going to have to make them!

  • Carolyn

    I guess the moral of the story is…when your child wants brownies, he wants BROWNIES! They look great.

  • susie

    Hi there-
    The brownies look great! Have you ever tried them with gluten-free flour? If so, how did they come out? Need to make a dessert for a gluten-free friend…

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