Brownies belong to American cooking techniques popularized in the end of the 19th century. This delightful mix between cookies and cake charms anyone who eats it. The combination of flaky crust and delicious chocolate taste make them a common sight in restaurants, but they’re also very easy to make. Anyone with an oven, a standard-sized cake tray and the ingredients can bake brownies, which makes them an ideal recipe for new chefs.
Once you’ve mastered this recipe, we suggest that you try adding a little bit of flair to your to your brownies. Topping them with whipped cream or powdered sugar adds a touch of elegance to this dish. It’s also easy to serve a few of these alongside ice cream. Walnuts are considered the traditional nut for this dish, but substituting similar ones like pecans can be rewarding as well. Cinnamon can be added to this if you’re feeling adventurous. As always, for those who suffer from nut allergies, the walnut halves here are optional, and you can take them out if you’re worried about potential reactions.
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, extra to grease pan
- 1 1/2 cups walnut halves
- 9 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees, then butter a 13-by-9-inch glass baking pan. If you’re going to use walnuts in this recipe (and you should), spread them on a baking sheet and toast them separately for about nine minutes, then let them cool.
Melt your butter in a small saucepan over low heat, remove them from heat, add the chocolate and cover the pan until the chocolate melts completely, which should be about 10 minutes. Note that if your chocolate isn’t finely chopped, this could take much longer. Whisk eggs, salt, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until everything lightens in color. Then let the butter and chocolate combine into a smooth mixture.
Pour the butter and chocolate sauce into your egg mixture and whisk until everything is smoothly blended. Using a spatula, fold in flour with as few strokes as possible. Then do the same with your walnuts. Now you want to make sure your baking pan is buttered.
Bake for about half an hour, checking after 22 minutes to avoid burning. Ideally, you want the tip of a knife inserted into the center to come out with moist crumbs.