Fudge brownies with walnuts

Fudge brownies with walnuts

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

3/4 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. In a glass bowl, melt 1/4 cup butter and sift in cocoa; mix to make a chocolate paste. Set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, beat remaining butter with sugar; add chocolate paste and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time; give batter a quick beat until just combined. In another bowl, sift flour and cocoa together and add to butter mixture. Add walnuts and pour into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into squares to serve. Makes one 9-inch square pan.

This brownie is decadent enough to serve at a nice dinner, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and a coarse sea salt.