Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chocolate-Nut Brownies

It is always good to have a great brownies recipe. Everybody likes them. Brownies are fast and easy, which makes them a great dessert to bring to a party. These ones have different nuts added and are really nice and chewy on the inside. 

A common mistake when making brownies is overbaking. Don't be tempted to leave them in the oven too long. They will firm up after cooling. Use a good chocolate, you also enjoy eating. Your brownies will taste so much better with good quality chocolate.

Chocolate-Nut Brownies

adapted from "The Delia Collection: Chocolate" by Delia Smith

100g of various nuts (I used equal parts of pecan nuts, hazelnuts and brazil nuts)
50g semisweet chocolate (70-75%)
110g butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
200g sugar
50g all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180° Celsius).

Roughly chop the nuts and toast them on a baking sheet in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Be sure to not leave them in the oven longer than that.

Put the chocolate together with the butter in a bowl over, not touching, simmering water and let melt together. Beat slightly until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in all the other ingredients until well blended.

Spread the mixture into a lightly greased 15x25 cm (6x10 inches) baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until it's slightly springy in the center. Be careful not to overbake. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting.

Enjoy and Guten Appetit!

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