If you've ever been to the blog, In Jennie's Kitchen, you know what a lovely place it is to visit. Her words are beautiful and touching as she describes recipes and tells stories about her life and the photography is gorgeous. It's a wonderful and inspiring blog. No surprise I wanted her cookbook! My grandparents bought me the cookbook for my birthday two months ago and I've finally gotten around to making a recipe. I shouldn't have waited so long! The cookbook is just as lovely as the blog and there is a huge variety of recipes and of course, everything is from scratch.
I was having a particularly intense female moment and needed brownies the way I need oxygen. It was a bad craving. Everything on Pinterest was too fancy; I wanted a straightforward, rich, decadent brownie plain and simple. Luckily, in addition to the internet, I have an ever growing cookbook collection and turned to Homemade with Love, correct decision.
These brownies were everything I craved and needed. The melted chocolate and cocoa powder provide two opportunities for rich, chocolatey flavor. The sprinkling of chocolate chips on top and throughout the batter added perfect chocolate bites. The brownie is dense and moist. I personally enjoy nuts in my dessert, so the walnuts were a delightful touch to make the brownies special. This is a strong contender for my new go to brownie recipe, so good!
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Fudge Walnut Brownies Adapted from Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perilllo, page 185 Yield - 16 brownies
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, divided 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup flour 1/4 dark cocoa powder 1 teaspoon instant espresso 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 2 eggs 3/4 cups sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
- Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and grease a 8x8” pan.
- Make a double boiler by placing a heatproof bowl on a small pot of simmering water. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and the butter to the bowl. Heat and stir until all the chocolate is melted. Take off the heat.
- Stir in the vanilla and set aside to cool slightly.
- In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso, and salt.
- In another small bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale yellow. Whisk into the melted chocolate and stir until well combined.
- Add the dry mix, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and 3/4 cup walnuts to the chocolate. Stir until just combined.
- Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and walnuts over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the brownies are set. Underbaking is best.
- Let cool and then devour.