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Michael and Rick Mast, the bearded siblings who founded Brooklyn's Mast Brothers Chocolate, have spearheaded the bean-to-bar craft-chocolate movement in NYC. Their resourceful new cookbook—beautifully covered in wrapping paper similar to the one enveloping their confections—uses the sweet ingredient in both traditional desserts and more surprising creations, such as a cacao-nib salad. But we like one of the tome's simpler recipes: classic, crowd-pleasing brownies.
Classic chocolate brownies from Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook by Rick and Michael Mast
- 12 ozs dark chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 5 eggs
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
2. Melt chocolate, butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over low heat.
3. Add vanilla to mixture.
4. Add eggs and combine until smooth.
5. Add flour, baking powder, salt and chopped nuts.
6. Mix until batter is well blended.
7. Pour into baking pan.
8. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool, and cut into 2-inch squares.
Reprinted with permission from Mast Brothers Chocolate by Rick and Michael Mast, copyright © 2013. Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group.
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