Brownies made from scratch always beat box-made. These brownies are easy and simple to make for the perfect dessert. The secret? A bit of almond extract. Read more below.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: Makes 10 to 25 brownies
- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks, 140 g) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups (250 g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (85 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cold large eggs
- 1/2 cup (65 g) all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup (80 g) pecan pieces
- Preheat oven and line baking pan: Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C), with a rack in the lower third of the oven.
Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper in such a way as there is an overhang on two opposite sides to make it easy to lift the brownies out when they’re done.
- Heat butter, cocoa, sugar, salt in a bowl over simmering water: Place the butter, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a medium-sized metal bowl. Fill a large skillet halfway with water and bring to a bare simmer. Set the bowl of the butter cocoa mixture in skillet of simmering water.
- Stir the butter cocoa mixture until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth and hot to touch.
Remove the bowl from the skillet and let it cool down a bit, from hot to warm.
Stir in almond extract, eggs, flour, beat with spoon, add pecans: Stir in the almond extract. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, beating strongly after each addition.
Once the batter is well mixed and shiny and thick, stir in the flour. Beat for 40 strokes with a wooden spoon.
Mix in the pecans.
- Pour batter into lined pan: Pour the batter into the prepared lined pan and smooth the surface evenly.
- Bake: Bake 25 minutes at 325°F (160°C), or until a bamboo skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out still a little moist with the brownie batter. Cool completely on a rack.
- Cut: When the brownies have completely cooled, lift up the sides of the foil or parchment liner to remove them from the pan. Place the brownies on a cutting board and cut into squares or rectangles.
Source: Simply Recipes