Sunday, February 6, 2011

Walnut Brownies

2 1/2 sticks or 1 1/2 cups butter or the not so nice margarine straight from your fridge
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cocoa powder or if you are located in Northern Africa, the cocoa powder is less than chocolaty use a good chocolate bar broken into several pieces
2 1/2 ts vanilla
4 ts milk
4 tbs instant coffee
1 ts salt
4 large eggs
2/3 cup flour plus 2 tbs
1 tbs baking powder
1-2 cups walnuts chopped to the size of your preference

Preheat your oven to 350.
Line a 9x13 baking pan with aluminum foil  and butter it.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Add the sugar and cook for two minutes, whisking so it doesn't burn.

Add the chocolate and whisk until it's melted.

Add the instant coffee, salt, baking powder and vanilla.

Add in the eggs, one egg at a time, whisking very well after each addition. The mixture should look shiny and thick now. If you like you can switch to a wooden spoon and mix in the flour until well blended.
Don't over mix, brownies shouldn't be tough but soft and gooey.

Stir in the chopped nuts if you are using them.

Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. There should still be a few crumbs attached. Set the pan on a rack and let cool completely before lifting out the finished brownies. If you can wait that is. Cut into desired shapes. Give away to the neighbors if they like this sort of thing. ;-D!




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