I wasn't going to post this recipe since it is such a basic brownie recipe. However, Tim and Heather popped in lastnight and I fed them some of the brownies, and Heather said I should post the recipe.
I am on a huge "How to be a Domestic Goddess" cooking kick. The title on this recipe is simply Brownies. Nigella talks about putting them out on a plate with a candle in each piece and serving it instead of a birthday cake. Since "I'd much rather eat a brownie than a piece of birthday cake anyday".
They are very basic, nearly fudge like. I had thought I had found the perfect fudge brownie in one that Heather brought home from Meriko about a year ago. Not sure where it came from. Nigella's brownie rocks my world.
I have yet to try it with lining the pan as suggested, instead I just butter it well, and so far it has worked out. I have also made it with no nuts and with thin sliced almonds, absolutely wonderful.
1 2/3 cups soft unsalted butter
13 ounces best bittersweet chocolate
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups chopped walnuts
pan measuring approximately 13 x 9 2 1/2 inches
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line your brownie pan- I think it's worth lining the sides as well as the base with foil or parchment.
melt the butter and chocolate together in a large heavy-based pan. in a bowl or large wide-mouthed measuring cup, beat the eggs with vanilla and sugar. Measure the flour into another bowl and add the salt.
when the chocolate mixture has melted, let it cool a bit before beating in the eggs and sugar, and then the nuts and flour. beat to combine smoothly and then scrape our of the saucepan into the lined pan.
bake for about 25 minutes. when it's ready, the top should be dried to a paler brown speckle, but the middle still dark and dense and gooey. and even with such a big batch you do need to keep alert, keep checking.
makes a maximum of 48... the pieces do not need to be large. It is very very rich.
Posted by karine on February 05, 2003
Variations: Dried cherries, peanuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, shredded coconut, white chocolate chips... so many options.