James Peterson’s Brownies Recipe
Some people like their brownies cakey, while others want them dense with chocolate. This recipe strikes a balance between the two camps.
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
1/2 lb. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Butter an 8″ square baking dish.
Step 2: Combine the butter and chocolate in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on high. Stir until smooth. If the chocolate hasn’t completely melted, microwave for another 15 seconds.
Step 3: In a bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Sift over the flour, stir, and stir in the nuts.
Step 4: Spread the mixture in the baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting the brownies and serving.
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Reprinted with permission from James Peterson’s Kitchen Simple (2011 Ten Speed Press).[img_assist|nid=2130006|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=middle|width=225|height=279]