Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I recently realised I had no recipes for brownies on my blog, a glaring omission if I do say so myself. I have tried several different brownie recipes in the time I’ve been blogging. From delicious cheesecake swirled brownies to intriguing chocolate chilli brownies, I have yet to encounter a bad recipe. The problem is, you see, that they disappear so quickly that I never get to take a photo! And these walnut brownies are so good, that I literally had to hide the last one so I could photograph it the next day!
I like the versatility of the brownie, they can be the perfect picnic food served unadorned or with a dusting of icing sugar, or they can be really dressed up, with additions such as rum soaked raisins or chocolate chunks or topped with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzling of chocolate fudge sauce. They are one of the most perfect ways to consume chocolate, bar eating it plain. I love a crackly, crispy-topped brownie with a slightly gooey, still-warm center. And they are so easy to make, it requires a fair bit of will power on my part not to make them every other weekend.
I served these brownies at an informal dinner for friends and they received very high praise. They smelled amazing while they were baking, and tasted even better. One friend even who admitted she doesn’t usually like brownies said they were amazing, which is, I think, the highest compliment of all. So for a dessert that requires minimal effort but never fails to impress, brownies are perfect.
Makes 10-12 pieces
Recipe adapted from Flavours by Donna Hay
• 200g butter
• 125g dark chocolate, chopped
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 cup plain flour
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped if large
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
2. Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until smooth.
3. Place sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, cocoa, chocolate mixture, vanilla and walnuts in a bowl and mix to combine.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for 45-55 minutes or until set. Cool before cutting into squares to serve.