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The most important thing in my life is my family. I love my dear husband and 4 wonderful children (ages 11 through 18). I am a stay-at-home mom (my dream job!). Some of my favorite things to do include cooking (and eating!), photography, reading, piano, flute, watching my favorite TV shows, swimming, traveling, and most recently...using the rip stick with my kids. I would love to attend culinary school someday & fit my love of photography in with that somehow. My dream vacation is Italy - something I was recently blessed to experience! I'd love to return and see more of that beautiful and DELICIOUS country! My days are usually full of running kids to and from activities - scouts, sports, music and church. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe, but I absolutely LOVE my crazy life and the people I am lucky enough to share it with!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

outrageous brownies (from Ina Garten's 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook')

MAKES 20 LARGE BROWNIES

They've been flying out the door for fifteen years!

1 POUND unsalted butter
1 POUND plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (We find that Hershey's chocolate chips work very well)
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
2 TABLESPOONS pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 CUPS sugar
1 1/4 CUPS all-purpose flour
1 TABLESPOON baking powder
1 TEASPOON salt
3 CUPS chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x l-inch baking sheet.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.

TIPS:
Flouring the chips and walnuts keeps them from sinking to the bottom.
It is very important to allow the batter to cool well before adding the chocolate chips, or the chips will melt and ruin the brownies.
This recipe can be baked up to a week in advance, wrapped in plastic, and refrigerated.

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