Easily my favorite daily reading these days is salon.com's Food section, filled with personal reminisces and stories associated with a food or dish, usually followed by a recipe. It's my favorite kind of reading right now.
Touched by this story and guests over the weekend, I decided to try out the brownie recipe. Skimming the recipe quickly, I was drawn to its simplicity. Later, in the process of mixing up the batter, I realized that it contained no leavening agent whatsoever. That's when I knew these would be the brownies of my dreams. And they were.
I made one decadent addition: chocolate chips. Chocolate chips in brownies may seem like gilding the lily, but the added texture and molten chocolate go a very long way.
½ cup salted butter (aka 1 stick)
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
¼ cup sugar
½ cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8" square baking pan.
- Melt butter & chocolate in a saucepan, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Whisk sugar and eggs together in a medium bowl.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Mixing as little as possible (to prevent incorporating air into the batter, so the brownies remain dense) add nuts, chocolate chips, and chocolate-butter mixture.
- Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for ten minutes at 350 degrees, then lower temperature to 300 degrees and bake for an additional 25 minutes.
- Cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Cut off all the edges that touched the baking pan (the best part!) and save them as a treat for yourself.