January 29, 2011
Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
I just got my February issue of Bon Appetit in the mail, and this was their cover recipe! Mine are far from immaculate looking, but boy were they delicious.
- Nonstick vegetable oil 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
Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat 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. This was a bit before browned butter stage, but it goes quickly. No time to sit and take photos! Be careful with this step!
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. I cheated and added some white chocolate chips too! Because I can!
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.
Cry as you eat them, because they are AMAZING.
Another picture for good measure.