Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Brownies with walnuts

These are so rich and delicious and have a very nice crusty skin on the top which I like very much....It is not as dense as most brownies but slightly cake like, the result of beating up the butter and egg I suspect.  I love it for it's simplicity in making it and of course it tastes fabulous and the boys love it! The walnuts provide a nutty taste to the soft texture of the brownies and the crusty skin is just delicious!

The recipe is as follows:

1 cup (2 sticks) 225g butter (salted)
1 2/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
225 g dark chocolate
5 eggs
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven at 400F or 204C.
Baked in a 7 x 7" tray and 4 mini square moulds. Grease the tray and moulds well and line the bottom of the tray for easy dislodgement.
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler.  Leave to cool while you beat the eggs and sugar in a mixer until pale and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and add vanilla extract.  Then slowly add the chocolate mixture.
Next fold in sifted flour with a spatular or whisk until well incorporated.  Add the walnuts and chocolate chips and fold till just combined.
Pour into the prepare tray and moulds and bake for 35 minutes (tray).  I bake the mini ones for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool before refrigerating and cut into desired sizes.  Enjoy!

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