Friday, January 4, 2008

Fudge Brownies

Can you have too many brownie recipes?

These yummy brownies are as moist and chocolatey as licking the bowl!

6 tablespoons (3 oz.) unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus more for the pan
8 oz 70% bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup toasted walnut halves

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 325°F. Cut an 8 x 16-inch piece of parchment paper. Lightly butter an 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan and line it with the parchment, allowing it to extend evenly over the opposite sides. Butter the parchment, including the paper on the sides of the pan.

Place the chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water and stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.

With a large rubber spatula or wooden spoon, beat the sugar and salt into the chocolate mixture. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour and mix vigorously until the batter is very glossy and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Break the nuts into large pieces over the batter and fold them in.

Pour the batter into a prepared pan and tap the bottom on the countertop to level the batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out moist but clean.

Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment "handles." Let cool completely on the rack before cutting into 2-inch squares

Makes 16 2-inch brownies.

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