Friday, September 7, 2012

Nut Brownies

Since it's only fitting that the week should end with a bit of a treat, today I'm going to share a brownie recipe I recently tried. 

If you've known me for awhile, you probably know my feelings on homemade vs box brownies. In my opinion, there just isn't a comparison. Homemade wins hands down, every time. For about 10 percent extra effort, you get brownies that are about 100 times better than the ones from the box. 

So if you haven't tried making brownies from scratch yet, now's your chance :) This recipe is super simple and uses just a few basic ingredients. The key is using high quality chocolate and cocoa powder - both are needed for the richest brownies. 

Brownies are best served with a scoop of ice cream :)
 
Nut Brownies 
*Recipe from Everyday Food

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper. Butter paper, and set pan aside. 

In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate together, being careful not to burn. Add sugar; mix to combine. Add eggs, and mix to combine. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened (do not overmix). Add nuts. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes then remove brownies from pan and cut into squares.

What are your thoughts on homemade vs box brownies? If you have a favorite recipe, I'd love to try it out!

- ST

6 comments:

  1. To be honest, I think boxed brownies are still super tasty! Then again, I've never met a brownie that I didn't like :)

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    1. They are tasty . . . but homemade is tastier ;)

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  2. um, YUM! I made zucchini brownies last week. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-chocolate-zucchini-brownies/

    The only thing I did differently was substitute one cup of white whole wheat flour of a cup of the all-purpose. This recipe was definitely a keeper!

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    1. Ooh, thanks for sharing! I love the idea of incorporating zucchini into the recipe!

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  3. Yum! Especially with the scoop of ice cream -- a must!

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