Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cocoa brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

When is the last time a brownie rocked your world?  These are the best-ever brownies that you will ever eat.  The family recipe you have tucked in the kitchen drawer, throw it away!  You have a new brownie recipe that will be your new favorite.

The brownies are chewy with a fudgy center and are graced with a shiny, crackly top.  It's almost impossible not to eat the entire pan.

There is very little flour in this recipe which provides the density and the addition of browned butter adds a rich nutty flavor.


Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
Makes 16
Recipe from Bon Appetit


Ingredients:
Nonstick vegetable spray
10 tablespoons (1-1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1-1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled).
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, chilled
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup walnut pieces

Directions:
Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat oven to 325 F.  Line 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, pressing foil firmly against pan sides and leaving 2-inch overhang.  Coat foil with nonstick spray.

Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Continue cooking until butter stops foaming and browned bits form at bottom of pan, stirring often, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat; immediately add sugar, cocoa, 2 teaspoons water, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt.  Stir to blend.  Let cool 5 minutes (mixture will still be hot).  Add eggs to hot mixture 1 at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition.  When mixture looks thick and shiny, add flour and stir until blended.  Beat vigorously 60 strokes.  Stir in nuts.  Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake brownies until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 25 minutes.  Cool in pan on rack.  Using foil overhang, lift brownies from pan.  Cut into 4 strips.  Cut each strip crosswise into 4 brownies.

Do ahead: Can be made 2 days ahead.  Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Enjoy!


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47 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh my, not nice showing these at 8:30 in the morning! They sound amazing:@)

Farmchick said...

Excellent recipe. My kids love brownies and I make homemade ones quite a bit, but this recipe sounds wonderful.

Eliana said...

These brownies certainly look picture prefect. And they certainly look like they would rock my world.

TKW said...

Is it bad that I think the ones from the box mix taste better than my homemade ones? But yours looks wonderful!

smalltownoven said...

Mmm I made my go-to brownie recipe (cocoa brownies by Alice Medrich) yesterday but it doesn't have the browned butter of this. Sounds like a great addition!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Are Brownies a food group??? They should be, they're one of my favorite foods. I can't wait to give these a try!
Best,
Susan

Raina said...

I am excited to try these! They sound great. The browned butter must really give them a wonderful flavor. I am always looking for a better brownie recipe...thanks:)

kitchen flavours said...

These brownies looks marvelous! So moist and chocolaty! I'm thinking of a tall glass of cold milk with this..... and it is now 11.36pm! Definitely bookmarking this. Thank you!

Sherri B. said...

I took that magazine to read in bed last night and drooled over this recipe..Yummy!

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Your description--gooey center with a crackly top--is exactly how brownies should be described! These must be good ones!!

That Girl said...

These brownies have taken the internet by storm on the one hand, I feel like part of the cool crowd for making them, on the other hand we didn't think they were as fabulous as everyone else seems to think they are.

Michael Toa said...

oh my.. those brownies look so so good.
I am out of words and have to make them soon!

Lea Ann said...

well, ok...I'll throw away my recipe. Actually I wasn't in love with my recipe so do appreciate you sending this along. I'm not a sweet person but can devour about 10 brownies in about 2 minutes. Great photo

Claudia said...

There's a blizzard raging outside my door and so I made these days (sans nust by request of daughter) and I will continue to make them again and again. Was going to post about them today... maybe later - But I agree with you on all counts and I would love a taste with the nuts!

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

OMG those look amazing! I totally believe you and will throw away all the brownie recipes I have ever made:) Thanks for sharing:)
www.theglamorousgourment.com

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

They look fantastic! Absolutely fantastic! Definitely making these! Thanks!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Oh that picture is killing me! I love fudgy almost cooked through brownies like the one you made. Decadent!

agrigirl said...

My son made the same recipe yesterday and guess what? They're gone. Lovely post.

teresa said...

oh pure heaven! these look incredible, i'd eat them any time of the day.

Susi said...

Velva these brownies look beyond decadent! I have been on the hunt for the perfect brownie recipe for quite a while and this sounds like a recipe that I will definitely have to try! Thanks for sharing :o)

Kay Heritage said...

These look most scrumptious, Velva!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Oh yes, I need to make these brownies now. They look soooooo good!

Verde Farm said...

Oh Velva, when you come visit WV--will you bring a big pan of these? :)

tasteofbeirut said...

I love the thought of brownies with the browned butter, having tried it in shortbread !

Katie@Coydelicious said...

I'm always up for a new brownie recipe! And these look so yummy - perfect crackle top.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Browned butter makes anything better! These look delicious. Thank you. Have a wonderful day! Tanna

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What delicious fudginess! And, I went for chocolate and walnuts this weekend, too!

From the Kitchen said...

I am happy to have this delicious-looking recipe for a number of reasons. The most important is that I love brownies! Number two, I seem to have somehow over-purchased cocoa!

Best,
Bonnie

Katerina said...

I ran out of words, I am simply drooling. They look delicious!

Sommer J said...

These looks absolutely divine!!!!! I love brownies and love to try as many brownie recipes as possible hehe. Haven't used browned butter in a sweet dish yet, looking forward to it! Have a lovely day :)

Merut said...

Yummy! I love fudgy brownies. My favorite ones are the type that are undercooked, but I bet yours are equally delicious.

FOODESSA said...

If there's walnuts and chocolate...I'll beg for a second piece in no time at all ;o)

Velva, have a great week and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Kim said...

Well, if two of my favorite bloggers have made these and gave them such rave reviews than I have to put these in the MUST MAKE FILE. Between you and Claudia I'm sold on these! They look terrific Velva.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I now have a serious craving for brownies! Chocolate with nuts is my weakness! Mmmmm...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I wish I could grab a piece from the screen. It's a visual treat. I love fudgy browines and walnuts are my weakness...so this is making me crazy. Thanks for dropping by and leaving nice words. keep in touch Velva

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Flaurella said...

"Chilled" eggs and so little flour? I am going to try these for sure. Yum ! Sounds rich and divine!

FLA ~ has never baked with anything but room temp eggs

Nammi said...

yumm!!! that looks very tempting!!!

Lori~Studio Waterstone said...

These look delicious! I wonder how it would be converted to gluten free since it takes such a small amount of flour. Hmm... We'll have to try it out. Thanks!

LaDivaCucina said...

Brownies, just the way I like 'em. No frosting, not like cake but dense and chewy, gooey and with that cracked surface. Nice.

Also nice are your latest cocktail offerings, I'm going to pilfer a few recipes for my collection. I LOVE Campari and orange anything!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I am seriously on my way over for one of these! You saved one (or 12) for me, right? Gosh they look GOOD!

Jennifurla said...

oh yum, love the texture & color

Elisabeth said...

Thank you for finding my blog, and leaving your kind comment. I followed you back and also put your beautiful blog on my blogroll, so I can easily click on it to keep in touch!

Your brownies are to "die for"...can't go wrong with Bon Appetit recipes. I've been subscribing to Bon Appetit for years...as a matter of fact your brownie has outdone the one they feature on their front page. So moist, perfect, and yummy!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Um...I have no words for these...

5 Star Foodie said...

Those brownies look totally irresistible!

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Hungry Dog said...

these sound amazing! I am definitely going to make these, possibly this weekend for an Oscar party!

Chef E said...

Eghads! I could make a home in those! Well, until I ate them all, or zoomed to the moon on a chocolate high!

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