Dear Carole: With a delicate, crisp crust enveloping a wonderfully ooey-gooey filling, this amazingly rich brownie takes perfection and coats it in chocolate — and then drizzles over even more chocolate just for good measure. Lucca was happy to share its recipe for brownies, which we've adapted below. Try to eat just one.
Lucca Cafe's brownies
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Total time: 1½ hours, plus cooling and chilling times
Servings: 18 brownies
Note: Adapted from Lucca Cafe in Irvine. Lucca uses Elite brand instant coffee.
1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 pound salted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee
3 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 2½ tablespoons (7 ounces) flour