New Classic Brownies~

New Classic Brownies...adapted from Alice Medrich

8 tablespoons butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup lightly toasted walnuts or pecans (optional for our family)

Preheat oven to 400º. Line an 8 inch square metal baking pan with foil or parchment. Spray lightly with Pam.

Melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave stopping every 30 seconds to stir. When almost completely melted, stir until smooth.

Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by flour. Stir until very smooth, about 1 minute, until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. Add nuts, if using. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes.

Prepare a water bath. Pour ice water into a large roasting pan or kitchen sink to a depth of about 1 inch. Remove pan from oven and place in water bath...avoid getting any water on brownies. Let cool completely, then lift out and cut squares.

Makes 16 brownies.