I tried to learn how to make brownies, searching this out i found out 2 ways:

1) Add the sugar and the eggs together and use a hand mixer to beat them until cream. Then add the mixture in the melted chocolate and butter mixture. And finaly add the flour.

2) Add in the melted chocolate and butter mixture the sugar, then add one by one the eggs and finaly add the flour.

What changes in the brownie texture if we cream the eggs and the sugar first? Is this necessary? Or just by combining all the ingredients together using only a whisk we will get the same result.

Of course something must change and i would like to know what.

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    While brownies are bar cookies, and not exactly the same as chocolate chip cookies, see this answer regarding chocolate chip cookies. The effects are much the same. cooking.stackexchange.com/a/30255/14401
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 27, 2013 at 23:28

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Your first method -- beating eggs and sugar "to the ribbon" -- is a process of denaturing some of the egg proteins into a lattice that will help capture steam as the batter bakes. Also, this method helps ensure your eggs will be well distributed in the batter, with no stripes of eggwhite anywhere.

Your second method -- beating sugar and softened butter to a pale yellow -- appears to be the creaming method, which uses sugar granules to punch millions of tiny air bubbles into the butter. By using this method, when the batter bakes, you get a more even "crumb" (texture of the holes in the final cake). Though you did not mention it, typically this method is used with recipes calling for baking powder/baking soda (you can use the method without a chemical leavener). Also, I would expect the butter-sugar creaming step to take place before you add your melted chocolate.

Neither method is inherently necessary; if you simply stir all ingredients together at once into a uniform batter, you will still get a tasty product. That said, each technique will tend to lighten the brownie into a more cake-like texture, rather than a dense, fudge-like texture. You can do both, if you like, by dividing your sugar in half.

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    A dense, fudge-like texture is what makes a brownie a brownie. If you want something light, make a sponge. Jan 29, 2013 at 18:22

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