Basic Brownies


It’s almost impossible to be sad when you’re eating a good brownie. Use the best chocolate you can find for these basic beauties. Trade the brandy for vanilla extract if you’d like, or the walnuts for pecans or hazelnuts. Double the recipe for a crowd. But be sure not to over-bake them. The brownies will be soft when you take them from the oven. SAM

2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon brandy
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water or in a microwave, melt the chocolate and the butter and set aside. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat the eggs until foamy. Lower the speed to medium and add the sugar gradually. Add the chocolate mixture and beat until just blended. Add the brandy. Combine the flour and salt and add slowly, beating until just blended. Stir in the walnuts by hand. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Do not over-bake. The brownies will be soft and cracked on top. Cool in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into 1 1/2-inch squares.
Makes 3 dozen brownies.


2 Responses to Basic Brownies

  1. Nags says:

    the problem is getting good cooking chocolate in hyd..

    I’m sorry you can’t get good cooking chocolate. Do your stores carry chocolate candy bars or chips? You can cook with bittersweet chocolate candy. You might also try semisweet or milk chocolate, although the milk chocolate would probably be better for melting as an icing. Maybe milk chocolate and confectioner’s sugar would make a good icing, like the cream cheese-pecan icing made with confectioner’s sugar.

    PS I love your blog! I hate to sound non-techy, but do I have to be a member of Google to comment on your blog?

  2. lakshmi says:

    nothing can beat walnut brownies as mood elevators!!! 🙂

    emily, i found goat’s cheese and feta cheese (rather expensive) yesterday at this store that i visit regularly. like you said goat’s cheese seemed very much like cream in texture and feta like paneer!!!

    also cooking chocolate isn’t available at regular grocery/ super market stores – though one needs to find the right shops. typically bakers or confectioners or speciality stores (like nilgiris, nuts and spices) would have good cooking chocolate.

    I’m so happy you found cheese substitutes. I’ll look for paneer in Indian stores here. And thanks for the cooking chocolate tip. Even in Paris, one has to go to a baker’s for many baking supplies. The French have so many wonderful bakeries and sweet shops that they tend not to bake bread or cakes at home.

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