The Ultimate Brownie

Chocolate should be one of the major food groups. If you are a chocolate lover, these brownies are the ones for you. Rich and delicious, you may want to double the recipe as they won’t last long. With a denser, fudgy texture the walnuts add just the right amount of nutty flavor.

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6 tablespoons unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts, roasted

Ingredients – Glaze
2 tablespoons unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons 2% milk
1 cup walnuts, roasted and finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the bottom of the baking pan with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate and butter over hot water. Set aside and cool. Beat the eggs and gradually add the sugar. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

While the eggs are beating, sift the flour and salt and set aside. Add the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture and beat until well blended, scraping down the sides as you beat. Add the flour a little at a time until blended in. Fold in the chopped nuts. Place in prepared pan and tap the pan to release any air bubbles. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

While the brownies are baking, prepare the glaze. Melt the chocolate with 2 tablespoons milk in the microwave on high for three 10 second intervals or until the chocolate is softened and can be mixed into the milk to form a paste. Add the paste along with the butter, 1 tablespoon milk and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix together until fluffy.

Once the brownies have been removed from the oven, immediately add the glaze. The glaze will slightly melt because of the heat of the brownie, making it easier to spread. Garnish with chopped nuts. Allow to cool in the pan and remove to cut into portions.

Makes one 8” x 8” pan. Can be cut into 16 pieces (1” x 4”).

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