3 oz ( 85 g ) unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (115 g ) butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup ( 85 g ) all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate pieces
1/2 cup chopped nuts ( optional )
Sweet stir-ins - add 1/2 cup dried fruit soaked in sparkling wine for 30 minutes , drained & chopped ; or 3/4 cup candy-coated peanut butter pcs to batter .
Spice stir-ins - add 1 tsp ground cinnamon or ground ancho chilli powder ; 2 tsp orange peel ; or 1 tbsp espresso powder to flour mixture .
how to :
1 . Preheat oven to 350°F . Coarsely chopped unsweetened chocolate . In saucepan melt butter & chocolate over low heat , stirring occasionally . Remove from heat ; cool .
2. Line 8x8x2 -inch baking pan w/ foil .Spray w/ nonstick cooking spray ; set aside . Stir sugar into melted chocolate mixture until sugar is dissolved . Add eggs , 1 at a time , beating w/ wooden spoon just until combined . Stir in vanilla .
3. In a bowl stir together flour & baking soda . Add stir-ins . Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture ; stir just until combined. Stir in dark chocolate pieces & nuts . Spread batter in prepared pan .
4. Bake 35 minutes or until edges are set & begin to pull away from the sides of pan . Cool on wire rack . Cut into bars . Make 16 brownies .