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brownies with walnuts

the chocolatey squares of heaven

You can never ever go wrong with brownies. Just about everyone will say yes if you offer one, and if you don't choose to share there is no doubt you will eat all of them. I have made normal brownies before, but the walnuts added a new great texture and flavor to these. The recipe didn't call for brownies but I decided to add them anyway. I have nothing else to say about this recipe other than they are absolutely mouth watering good and if you have nothing to do you better be making these right this second!

What you need:

  • 1 cup (4 ounces) pecans or walnuts, chopped medium (optional) --- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into six 1-inch pieces

  • 2 1/4 cups (15 3/4 ounces) sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 325 degrees. Line the pan with aluminum foil and make sure to have a 2 inch overhang. This will make it easy to take the brownies out. Spray foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray. If using nuts, spread nuts evenly on rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Whisk to combine flour, salt, and baking powder in medium bowl; set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter in large heatproof bowl set over saucepan of almost-simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth. (Alternatively, in microwave, heat butter and chocolate in large microwave-safe bowl on high for 45 seconds, then stir and heat for 30 seconds more. Stir again, and, if necessary, repeat in 15-second increments; do not let chocolate burn.) When chocolate mixture is completely smooth, remove bowl from saucepan and gradually whisk in sugar. Add eggs on at a time, whisking after each addition until thoroughly combined. Whisk in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, folding with rubber spatula until batter is completely smooth and homogeneous.

Transfer batter to prepared pan; using spatula, spread batter into corners of pan and smooth surface. Sprinkle toasted nuts (if using) evenly over batter and bake until toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into center of brownies comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours, then remove brownies from pan by lifting foil overhang. Cut brownies into 2-inch squares and serve. (Store leftovers in airtight container at room temperature, for up to 3 days, or, ahem, in the freezer until your resistance gets the better of you.)

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Recipe from: Smitten Kitchen

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