Brownies - The Best Kind of Study Break

Monday, December 10, 2007

So after tooling around with a paper, I decided to make some brownies for the hell of it. I didn't really feel like melting chocolate so I searched for a recipe and decided to use Alton Brown's for no specific reason except it was the first I found in a Google search that used cocoa powder. I added some ultra tasty chandler walnuts - a walnut that has zero bitterness and is much sweeter than regular walnuts - for some crunch. A perfect way to beat the books, at least for a moment.

Cocoa Brownies (With Walnuts!)
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

Soft butter, for greasing the pan
Flour, for dusting the buttered pan
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar, sifted
1 cup brown sugar, sifted
8 ounces melted butter
11/4 cups cocoa, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon kosher saltPreheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.
1 cup of crushed walnuts

In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it's done, remove to a rack to cool. Resist the temptation to cut into it until it's mostly cool.


  1. Best of luck with your finals. I'm a nurse in England, engaged to a guy living in Ohio and currently studying for the NCLEX ~ the American Nurse Licensure Exam, so I can continue my career in the States once we've worked our way through the muddy waters of immigration and got me over there permanently. It's tough! But will be well worth it in the end.

    I'm loving your site here ~ I'm going to add a link for it on my page, and may turn out to be a regular reader. :)

    Good luck!

  2. OH my. They look fabulously delicious. Do you do your own food photography too?

    And I agree, chocolate really is the best study break.

  3. They sound/look yummy. The perfect treat during your hard work.

  4. I'm sure these were good. I'm a big fan of Alton Brown.

  5. Mmmm, brownies. Alton Brown has some good recipes doesn't he? I love that man.

  6. good luck with the paper and the end of the semester. The brownies look fabulous :)

  7. Garrett,
    Good luck with your study.
    Come over and see us sometime. We miss your face in our comment box.
    Or we dont mind if you send Eat Beast.
    Charlotte and Freddie

  8. oo I must check out those walnuts - they sound fantastic, and I'd love to use them in this recipe! Sometimes it really is so nice to skip the melting.
    Best of luck with all your end of term work.


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