One of my New Year's resolutions last year was to try one recipe each month out of Bon Appetit magazine. I probably keep that resolution once every three months but earmarked several recipes out of the March 2009 issue. I love the R.S.V.P. feature where they track down reader's favorite dishes from various restaurants because it combines two of my loves, travel and cooking. I earmarked this recipe for Palmer House Brownies immediately as I love brownies and loved the idea of using apricot preserves as a glaze.
These brownies are not your average run of the mill brownies. I am by no means a brownie snob and sometimes use a box mix and other times make them from scratch but these are decadent. Rich and nutty, they accomplish what most brownie recipes aren't able to; be simultaneously cakey and fudgy. The apricot preserves add an ever-so-slight tang and an elegant finish. I think they would also be nice with almonds and raspberry preserves. Simply delicious!
Palmer House Brownies
Bon Appetit - March 2009
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon alt
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1/2 cup apricot preserves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour 8x8x2-inch metal baking pan. Melt chocolate and butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often; cool to lukewarm. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in large bowl until well blended, about 1 minute. Whisk in melted chocolate4 mixture. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt over; fold to blend. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan. Sprinkle nuts over and press gently into batter.
Bake brownies until edges are raised and cracked and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter attached, about 45 minutes. Melt apricot preserves in small skillet over medium heat. Strain preserves; brush melted jam over hot brownies. Cool 1 hour, then transfer to refrigerator and chill until cold, about 2 hours. Cut into 16 brownies and serve chilled.