Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fudgy Brownies a/k/a a good diversion from your New Year's Diet

A friend wanted me to share my brownie recipe. Here it is:

Fudgy Brownies
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate (1 ounce each)
1 cup butter (softened)
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt (I like Kosher)
1 cup walnuts (or pecans if you like)

Heat oven to 350. Grease your pan or use parchment paper at the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Melt the chocolate in your microwave according to the package directions. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the melted chocolate. After the chocolate is well mixed in (and cooler), add the eggs one at a time (mixing well between each one). Mix in remaining ingredients (except nuts). Don't overmix here. Mix just until all the ingredients are incorporated. Mix in nuts in just a few turns of your mixer. Spread in the pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. You can frost them with your favorite frosting after they cool slightly.

A optional topping we sometimes do is peanut butter. Put your favorite smooth peanut butter in a small zipper bag. Cut off a small portion of one corner. Pipe lines up and down the longest side of your pan a few inches apart. Take a toothpick and drag it through the lines. Drag it the other way. Here is a tutorial on another blog http://sweetopia.net/2010/04/how-to-marble-royal-icing/

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