Best Brownies Ever

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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
2 eggs
½ cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8" square baking pan.
  2. Melt butter & chocolate in a saucepan, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Whisk sugar and eggs together in a medium bowl.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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