Cook the Book: The Serious Eats Chocolate Lover's Library
Need a vegetarian hor d'oeuvre? Cook the Book: The Serious Eats Chocolate Lover's Library could be a tremendous recipe to try. This recipe covers 4% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. One portion of this dish contains roughly 2g of protein, 12g of fat, and a total of 192 calories. This recipe serves 16. A mixture of cocoa powder, eggs, pecan pieces, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so scrumptious. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 45 minutes.
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof bowl; set bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water. Stir from time to time until butter is melted and mixture is smooth and hot enough that you want to remove your finger fairly quickly after dipping it in to test.
Remove bowl from skillet; set aside briefly until mixture is only warm, not hot.
Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon.
Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each. When batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour; stir until you cannot see it any longer. Beat vigorously for 40 strokes with wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Stir in the nuts, if using.
Spread evenly in lined pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes.
Let cool completely on a rack.
Lift up the ends of the parchment or foil liner; transfer brownies to cutting board.
Cut into 16 or 25 squares.
Note: Any unsweetened natural or Dutch-process cocoa powder works well here. Natural cocoa yields brownies with more flavor complexity and lots of tart, fruity notes. Durch-process cocoa results in a darker brownie with a mellower, old-fashioned chocolate pudding flavor.