Monday, February 7, 2011

I cried... they were so good




When I received this month's issue in the mail I knew without hesitation that I would try this brownie recipe.  I could eat brownies all day...and these are ones I could eat all night too;) I don't think I have ever tasted a brownie so good.  Not even my Whatever Brownies can compare.  Perfectly fudgy inside and chewy on the outside.  They are mixed on the stove-top, and seriously, once baked in the oven, are phenomenal.  Make sure to use quality cocoa powder (I prefer dutch process) and La Vencedora vanilla is always the best choice for baking.

Honest to goodness--my eyes welled up in tears when I took my first bite.  Rowdy (who doesn't like chocolate) ate TWO.


Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts as seen here
 Ingredients

•Nonstick vegetable oil spray
•10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
•1 1/4 cups sugar
•3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 large eggs, chilled
•1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
•1 cup walnut pieces

Preparation

•Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, pressing foil firmly against pan sides and leaving 2-inch overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form at bottom of pan, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; immediately add sugar, cocoa, 2 teaspoons water, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt. Stir to blend. Let cool 5 minutes (mixture will still be hot). Add eggs to hot mixture 1 at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended. Beat vigorously 60 strokes. Stir in nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan.


•Bake brownies until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 4 strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 4 brownies. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.



6 comments:

likeschocolate said...

You had me at Brownie!

Wendy said...

Looks yum....

Courtney Wilson said...

Oh dear. I will have to try these.

I'm a total brownie snob/addict

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

I've decided I'm just going to blame all my weight gain on you. :D

Patty Ann said...

Oh, I will so be trying these ones!! The picture alone is almost enough to die for!!!

Charlotte said...

My husband requested brownies instead of cake for his birthday tonight. I'm adding this one into the mix right now. Thanks!

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