Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies – The way brownies are SUPPOSED to be!

You may have gathered by now: I’m kind of opinionated. Ok, more than kind of – REALLY opinionated. When it comes to brownies, it’s no different. There’s a lot of stuff out there that passes itself off as “brownie”, when it’s just… not. Let me preach for a moment…

You see, brownies aren’t cake. They’re not supposed to be cake. I’m not even big on chocolate, but am constantly disappointed when “brownie” ends up being just sort of a chocolate cake. Brownies should be relatively thin, rich, moist, and gooey. GOOEY IS A REQUIREMENT. Leavening ingredients don’t belong in a proper brownie recipe. Disagree? Too bad, this is my blog! 🙂

Brownies are about the easiest baked good you can make – you don’t even need a mixer, just stir the ingredients together in a bowl and you’re done. No whipping, creaming… nothing. Stir it, dump it in a pan and bake it. Done. Love it.

This recipe makes a 9 x 13″ pan worth of chocolate, gooey, awesome brownies. If you’re like me and need extra sugar with your brownies, check out our entry on Brownie Frosting Recipes!

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Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Double Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Easy Kahlua Panna Cotta

Today was a big first for me – my first food photo shoot with a photographer OTHER than my husband. Between being SUPER Type-A, kinda OCD, and opinionated on the best of days… I was pretty stressed out going into it.

I’m kinda spoiled, having a photographer in-house, and never having to worry about the logistics of bringing a hot-out-of-the-oven upside down cake to the other side of the city, preferably to be shot while fairly warm, and fresh! The basement studio is just SO much more convenient, LOL!

Anyway, I managed to behave myself, not contributing ANY opinions, barking NO orders, and managing not to go totally “Rain Man” in the process!

I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results when the magazine comes out next month! Right now, I’m enjoying one of the best parts of doing this shoot – leftovers of the yummy Kahlua panna cotta I made for the shoot!

This dessert is not only ridiculously creamy and delicious, it’s probably the easiest dessert ever. It takes about 5 minutes of work, and the results are just spectacular. Give it a try!