Chocolate and more

It is now Winter in Ohio! Our kids were so excited to shovel the side walk in front of our house.
I received a special package in the mail yesterday from my Mom. Among the many goodies she sent, there was also enclosed a huge bar of melting chocolate. I guess she knows how much I love baking. I needed to make a dessert for our Home Group tonight. I chose Ina Gartens Outrageous Brownies. I halved the recipe since it makes so many brownies. This is one of the fastest recipes to make and you don't even need the Kitchen Aide! I did add the nuts to half the pan of brownies. I hope I can remember which side they are on.... I also chopped up some Chocolate covered Espresso beans and added them to the batter. I find they are best served cold with a tall glass of milk or 3 if you are my kids. I hope you enjoy these like we do : -)
1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (1 cup for batter and 1/4 cup in the chips and nuts)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups diced walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.
Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Do not over-bake! Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.


I just have to start with how pretty your house is...I love that colonial look!!!

Well your mom know you doesn't she :-). Your brownies look really yummy.

Snow? - we are in the 60's this morning...63 when I took the kids to school so later looks like bad weather when that cold front moves through...tornado watch for now. The snow looks so pretty and Christmasy

Look at that cute tree in your kitchen! Perfect for chef Susy.
Susie said…
I love your cute kitchen-y tree- you're adorable, Susy :) And your brownies were delicious ;) Thank you!
Sarah said…
I agree that your house is just beautiful!! Love the colonial look too!! Maybe we'll get to see it (and you of course =) ) in person soon... The kids are too cute!! Can't wait to see them too =) I recognized those little ornaments =)...I put the same ones up on a little tree too...we should be friends =) Love ya!

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