Listen. I have tried and tried and tried all the brownies out there.... I have made them from a box, I have made them from a bag, I have made the from scratch and I have made them after a good shag.... and still I have not found THE brownie. How can something so simple and common be so elusive? I made the ArtPark brownies from Ruth Reichel's Tender at the Bone a week or so back and had very high hopes for them. Hmmmm..... I think maybe a half of one was eaten. It seems that brownies have a way of making it in to the hands of evil.... everyone thinks "I'll just make some brownies..." and we all end of having to eat chocolate flavored cardboard.... and sometimes the evil doer will try and FROST the brownie. What is this? Why do people do that? Aghk!
Brownies can easily become coingly sweet and are always cut too large. I do not want half the pan at one sitting... a nice little 3 bite morsel to savor and cherish is what it should be about. Chocolate should lick the tounge ever so delicately... not give you the smackdown. And yes, I think nuts should be involved in a brownie... a nice little crunch in the middle of a fudgy center.
I want a meaningful brownie... and this my friends, is it.
Nigella' s Brownies
1 2/3 cup soft unsalted butter
13 ounces of very fine chocolate
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350. Line your brownie pan (13x9") with parchment paper. This is a little extra step but makes the brownie a breeze to get out of the pan....
Melt the butter and chocolate together over medium-low heat. Let this cool a bit after melting. Mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Measure the flour into another bowl along with the salt.
Mix together the cooled chocoalte/butter mixture and the eggs/sugar mixture. Add in the nuts. Mix in the flour and beat to combine smoothly and scrape into lined pan.
Bake for 25 minutes and be vigilant. Brownies can go from delish to dry in about 2 minutes.... They will continue to cook a bit as they cool....