Step by Step Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies

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    Making Brownies

    Chocolate brownies
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    Want to make the ultimate brownies for your friends and family? We can help you flawlessly follow the recipe with these step-by-step photos and detailed instructions. These brownies are tall, fudgy and oh so delicious! 

    Check out the Ultimate Brownie Recipe. 

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step One - Melt Chocolate

    2009 SBS Brownies - Step 1 - Melt Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    Step 1 - Melting Chocolate. 2009 SBS Brownies - Step 1 - Melt Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Of course, just like any other recipe, begin by greasing the pan and preheating the oven. In this case, it's to 350 degrees F. or 325 degrees F. for dark metal and/or glass pans. The next step is to melt 8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and 1 cup of butter over low heat.

     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Two - Toast the Nuts

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 2 - Toasting Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 2 - Toasting Nuts. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 2 - Toasting Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While the chocolate and butter are beginning to melt, it's time to toast the nuts. There are several ways to toast nuts, I did mine this time in the toaster oven. I just put 2-1/2 cups of chopped walnuts in a foil lined pan and set it for medium toasted.
     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Three - Beat Eggs

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 3 - Eggs Sugar Van in Bowl by Carroll Pellegrinelli, license to About
    SBS Brownies - Step 3 - Eggs Sugar Van in Bowl. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 3 - Eggs Sugar Van in Bowl by Carroll Pellegrinelli, license to About

    In a mixing bowl, add 5 eggs, 3 cups of sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Mix for 10 minutes.

    It's not necessary, but this is one of the recipes that owning a stand mixer would come in handy.
     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step 4 - Mix Ingredients

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step4-Mixing Dry Ingredients by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 4 - Mixing Dry Ingredients. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step4-Mixing Dry Ingredients by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Mix 1-1/2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon of salt in a separate bowl with a wire whisk.

     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate Mixture. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 5 - Melted Chocolate by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Remove chocolate mixture from stove and set aside to cool slightly.

     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Six - Eggs Beaten

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 6 - Egg Mixture by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 6 - Egg Mixture. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 6 - Egg Mixture by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Many people have wondered why this recipe has no leavening agent such as baking powder or soda. There's not a need when the egg mixture gets this much volume from mixing it for 10 minutes.

     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Seven - Add Chocolate

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step7-Adding Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 7 - Adding Chocolate. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step7-Adding Chocolate Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While the mixer is running slowly add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture. If a stand mixer is unavailable, add the chocolate a little at a time between mixings.

     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Eight - Add Flour

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 8 - Adding Flour by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 8 - Adding Flour. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies - Step 8 - Adding Flour by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    While mixing gradually add the flour.
     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Nine - Add Nuts

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step 9-Hand Stir in the Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 9 - Hand Stir in the Nuts. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step 9-Hand Stir in the Nuts by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    Mix in the nuts by hand. Next, carefully put the mixture into prepared pan for baking.
    Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Do not over bake.
    Cool in a pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.
    This recipe makes 24 to 30 squares, depending on how it's cut.

     

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    Photo Instructions for Making the Ultimate Brownies - Step Ten - It's Brownies!

    2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step 10-The Finished Product by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
    SBS Brownies - Step 10 - The Finished Product - Ultimate Brownies. 2009 Photo SBS Brownies-Step 10-The Finished Product by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

    These brownies could be frosted, but it's really not necessary. They are wonderful just as they are.

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