Wednesday, January 21, 2009

High Praise


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.

Walnut Brownies
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.


Nicole ( said...


toontz said...

I cannot have brownies in my house. Too much temptation. Yours would be deadly for me.

Y said...

With all the delicious things that have appeared on your blog so far, I can't say I've even noticed the omission until now. That said, the brownie looks fab-u-lous!

recipes2share said...

WOW! this is fantastic. I'm just going to make brownies and if I served them like this to the kids I think they would take off into orbit!

dessert girl said...

This looks sooooo good! I think a brownie with ice cream is my favorite dessert ever!

Dawn said...

Wonderful Lisa. I can't believe you haven't had these on before. Well, you made them perfectly, as always.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

They look incredible Lisa! Love the scoop of ice cream on top with added chocolate drizzle!

Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

Yum, you can't beat brownies and ice cream. Congrats on the mention in Serious Eats too :)

MelindaG said...

what kind of dark chocolate did you use?

lisa (dandysugar) said...

This looks amazing. Brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce, it's the ultimate comfort dessert!

Tartelette said...

I am just simply drooling! said...

Oh my god! seriously have outdone yourself here!

Anonymous said...

wow that looks soo good and maybe its because im a 12 year old girl with a sweet tooth lolz :)


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