Walnut Brownies

October 7, 2010

When I’m nervous or stressed, I like to bake. This is great news for my friends, because I usually like to give away whatever it is that just popped out of the oven.  The other day was a day for making brownies.  These are not super sweet, but they are rather dense and chocolately. You will like them; I promise!

You will need:

  • 2 sticks margarine or butter
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t almond extract
  • 3/4 c walnuts, roughly chopped

Then you will…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with tinfoil and spray with non-stick spray. You will want the dish to be at least 2-inches deep.
  2. In a heavy, non-stick saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in 1 T of the melted chocolate mixture to temper the eggs. Stir in another T of chocolate. Stir in a 3rd T of chocolate.  Slowly stir in the remaining chocolate mixture.
  4. Mix in the baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour. Stir in the nuts.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake about 40-50 minutes, or until the top is set and the sides just begin to pull away.
  8. Cool completely in the dish on a cooling rack. Invert, remove paper, slice and serve!


One comment

  1. hey emily!

    i just made this (though i substituted peppermint schnapps for the almond extract :-P) and it’s DELICIOUS!

    thanks so much for posting…

    sarah b.

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