April 29, 2007

Chocolate Satin Macadamia Brownies


Ingredients:
8 oz semisweet chocolate
3 oz macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Spray with baking spray or grease and flour one 9 inch baking pan. In a saucepan, melt the butter, cocoa and chocolate together over low heat*. Stir occasionally, and when the chocolate is nearly melted, remove from heat. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together flour, nuts, salt, baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla until frothy. Slowly stream the chocolate mixture into the eggs and mix to combine. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients and mix until the batter is thick and glossy. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


*You can get fancy and use a double boiler for this part, but frankly, I just dumped it all in the pot (pictured above), set it on a fairly low flame then basically ignored it while I beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until fluffy and measured out the dry ingredients. When about 90% of the chocolate was melted, I removed it from the heat, whisked it together until smooth and that was it. I wouldn't recommend doing it in the microwave (too much chocolate to melt evenly) but doing it in a saucepan only takes a few minutes longer.

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My thoughts:
When I saw that Once Upon A Tart was having a brownie round-up I realized it was finally time to try out my new baking pan.These brownies are amazing from the moment you start melting the chocolate to the second they come out of the oven, you are just waiting for them to cool off enough to eat. The batter is beautiful, satiny brown studded with macadamias and results in a brownie that is not too cakey, but not just a pan of fudge either with a fine crumb and glossy surface. Brownie perfection achieved.