At one point this weekend I found myself in desperate need of a chocolate fix. On my posting pipeline was a Nutella tart and some truffles I wanted to make. But preparing for a short trip in a few days made it difficult to do anything that required making dough or a few hours rest in the fridge. What’s a girl to do? I wanted chocolate and fast. Then I remembered one of the first cookbooks I ever owned: I Want Chocolate!
This was originally a French publication– Je Veux du Chocolat! The cornerstone of this book is to highlight the simple and, dare I say, the sensual elements of chocolate by using as few other ingredients as possible. In each of the recipes I’ve tried, the chocolate shines and is raised to new heights by omitting unnecessary ingredients. The recipes are simple, easy to follow and always deliver. In fact, one of my very first “signature” cakes came from this book. It fooled my friends and family into thinking that I could actually cook!
These brownies only had six ingredients–five if you don’t use nuts–and were full of all the chocolatey goodness I was craving. The top was firm and cracked when I cut into it but the inside was still soft, so very good served warm. The quickly-melting vanilla ice cream was a nice contrast, but I had to take the pictures quickly!
My Go-To Brownies
From: I Want Chocolate! by Trish Deseine
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 ounces baking Chocolate (I used Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Chocolate)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts or macadamia nuts, toasted and crushed, or crushed pecans ( I used walnuts)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
Melt the butter and the chocolate in a bowl over hot water or microwave until smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Next, add the eggs followed by the sugar and flour. Mix everything quickly then add the nuts, if using.
Pour into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. The brownies should be crisp on the top and soft inside. Allow to cool slightly (if you can wait!) and cut into squares.