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West Tenth Street Brownies

16 T unsalted butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, cut into 1/4" pieces
4 large eggs
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 c sugar
1 c flour
1 c chocolate chips
1 c coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

1 9-x-13-x-2-inch pan, buttered and lined with buttered

Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Off the heat add the chocolate. Let stand 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth. If all the chocolate has not melted, return the pan to very low heat and stir constantly until the chocolate melts.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the salt and vanilla, just until mixed. Whisk in the sugar in a stream, then whisk in the chocolate and butter mixture. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the flour.

Set the batter aside until it has cooled to room temperature (test it with your fingertip). Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula.

Bake the brownies for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick or a small knife inserted in the center emerges clean. Cool completely on a rack.

Wrap and refrigerate the pan so that the brownies solidify, at least 4 hours, overnight is best. This also makes them easier to cut.

Transfer the whole cake to a cutting board and slide a long knife or spatula under it to loosen the paper or foil then pull it away. Use a ruler to mark, then cut the brownies into 2-inch squares.

For up to several days, store the brownies between sheets of parchment or wax paper in a tin or plastic container with a tight-fitting cover. Freeze for longer storage

Time: Overnight   Makes: 24

These should be called the ultimate brownies. I have never tasted any better brownies. Nick Malgieri is one of my favorite bakers. This recipe came from his website: recipes/ w10_brownies.html.

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