Step by Step Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies

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    Making Brownies

    Chocolate brownies
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    Want to make the ultimate brownies for your friends and family? We can help you flawlessly follow the recipe with these step-by-step photos and detailed instructions. These brownies are tall, fudgey and oh so delicious! 

    What you will need:

    • 8 (1 ounce) squares of unsweetened chocolate
    • 1 cup butter
    • 5 eggs
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts,
    • lightly toasted
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    Grease Brownie Pan

     The first step is, of course, to grease the pan and preheat the oven. In this case, preheat your oven to 350 F. or 325 F. for dark metal and/or glass pans.

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    Melt Chocolate

    2009 SBS Brownies - Step 1 - Melt Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Step 1 - Melting Chocolate. 2009 SBS Brownies - Step 1 - Melt Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    The next step is to melt 8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and 1 cup of butter in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat.

     

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    Toast the Nuts

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 2 - Toasting Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 2 - Toasting Nuts. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 2 - Toasting Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While the chocolate and butter are beginning to melt, it's time to toast the nuts. There are several ways to toast nuts: in the oven or toaster oven. We happened to have a toaster oven on hand, so we used that. Just put 2 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts in a foil-lined baking pan and set it for medium and toast.
     

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    Beat Eggs

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 3 - Eggs Sugar Van in Bowl by Carroll Pellegrinelli, license to About
    SBS Brownies - Step 3 - Eggs Sugar Van in Bowl. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 3 - Eggs Sugar Van in Bowl by Carroll Pellegrinelli, license to About

    Next, in a mixing bowl, add 5 eggs, 3 cups of sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Mix for 10 minutes.

    It's not necessary, but this is one of the recipes where owning a stand mixer comes in handy. Not to worry, though, you can still use a hand mixer and be just fine!

    You may be wondering why this recipe has no leavening agent, such as baking powder or soda. There's not a need when the egg mixture gets this much volume from mixing it for 10 minutes.

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    Mix Ingredients

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step4-Mixing Dry Ingredients by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 4 - Mixing Dry Ingredients. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step4-Mixing Dry Ingredients by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Once you have beaten the eggs, in a separate bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon of salt with a wire whisk.

     

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    Cool Chocolate

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate Mixture. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    At this point, your chocolate should be combined nicely with your butter. Remove the chocolate mixture from stove and set aside to cool slightly.
     

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    Add Chocolate

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step7-Adding Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 7 - Adding Chocolate. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step7-Adding Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While the mixer is running slowly add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture. If a stand mixer is unavailable, add the chocolate a little at a time between mixings.

     

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    Add Flour

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 8 - Adding Flour by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 8 - Adding Flour. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 8 - Adding Flour by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While mixing, gradually add the flour.
     

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    Add Nuts

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step 9-Hand Stir in the Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 9 - Hand Stir in the Nuts. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step 9-Hand Stir in the Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Then, mix in the nuts by hand. 


     

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    Bake the Brownies

    Next, carefully put the mixture into your prepared pan for baking. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, keeping an eye so as not to over bake. We are looking for rich, chocolatey brownies here.

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    Cool and Cut

    Once your brownies are done, cool in a pan on a wire rack. Once cool, cut into whatever sized squares you'd like.

    This recipe makes 24 to 30 squares, depending on how it's cut.