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Delicious Dish: Bad Ass Brownies

February 3rd, 2011 No Comments

When bon appetit says something is THE BEST ever, you’re going to trust them, right? I do, and for good reason. I made these bad boys last night for a party tonight and they are awesome!  The flavor is rich without being overbearing and heavy.  Truly distinct.  Great for any party or a sweet Valentine’s day gesture.

Of course I changed up the recipe a bit.  I’m not a huge fan of nuts in my brownies so I poured the batter into the pan and then dropped the walnuts over half of the pan.  With a fork, I gently patted them below the surface.

You’ll see the instructions are pretty precise (thankfully).  I thought it was strange they instructed me to line the pan in foil, but I believe it ended up making the brownies more fudgey.

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

You’ll need:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8×8 pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter cut in 1 in pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup natural unsweeted cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, chilled
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnut pieces

Here’s what you do:

  1. Put rack in bottom third of the oven and preheat to 325.
  2. Line 8x8x2 pan with tin foil with a 2 inch overhang. Coat with spray.
  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat.  Let it cook until butter stops foaming and browned bits come up from the bottom (about 5 mins).
  4. While it’s cooking, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.  Prepare vanilla and 2 teaspoons of water.
  5. When butter is ready, remove from heat and add above ingredients immediately.  Stir to blend
  6. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously after each addition.
  8. When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended.
  9. Beat vigorously.  About 60 strokes.
  10. Add nuts (optional in my opinion).
  11. Pour into pan.
  12. Bake about 25 minutes – until a toothpick comes out clean with flakes on the top.
  13. Cool in a pan on a rack.  Then remove brownies using the foil, flip over to peel off foil, and cut.
  14. Devour!
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