Nov 22, 2012


When your turkey is already out of the oven, and the family gathering around the table, surprise everybody and throw a brownie together...

But if you do have a minute or two, this is a good one and everybody will like it...especially warm.

I said: "Thanksgiving", Julian said: "Brownie". Hania said: "Apple Cake".

The recipe is from the Italian site. I'm partial when it comes to anything Italian. The brownie didn't turn out super moist and chewy, like an American classic, but close enough to enjoy it on Thanksgiving Day...together with John Candy and Steve Martin in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".

Recipe adapted from Giallo Zafferano


  • 175 g (1 1/2 stick) butter
  • 200 g (7 oz.) dark chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons dark cocoa
  • 100 g (2/3 cup) flour
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g (1 cup) sugar
  • couple of drops of vanilla (optional)
  • 60 g (3/4 cup) hazelnuts, toasted crushed a bit


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/355 F. Grease your 20 by 28 cm (8 by 11 inch) baking form. Brownie should be squared, I don't have the right form, so I used 24 cm (9 inch) round form.
  2. Melt the chocolate, butter and cocoa in a water bath till all smooth. Let it cool a bit.
  3. In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a bowl, using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar. Add the vanilla. Transfer the chocolate mix to the egg mix. Combine it. Add the flour mix. Mix in the nuts
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared form. Place it in the oven for 30 minutes. I baked mine for 35 minutes, like the recipe said. It got dry around the edges. The toothpick from the middle of the cake should come out with some moist batter. The brownie will cook more as it cools.

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