A Weekend Walnut Brownie!

by zesty on October 9, 2009 · 14 comments

Oh my goodness it is Friday.  Last evening was spent at the house prepping and cleaning all the outside walls of saw dust and wood shavings.  Why you might ask?  Well because the spray foam insulation team is arriving today at 8:30 am and will be raring to go… I hope!

It only took a few hours to somewhat tidy up and make all the corners accessible.  I am going back first thing this morning to ensure I didn’t miss any spots as it was kind of dark and my light burnt out.


To take us into the weekend….. I have a special treat brewing in the oven.  How about a walnut decadent brownie?  I thought you might like that.  This is super easy to make and also very simple create gluten free.

Below is the  recipe as well as my simple instructions to get this in the oven.  Get ready to enjoy.  I also had a chance to try some new vanilla that was sent to me from the fine folks at Shining Dog Vanilla.  This is Pure Vanilla Extract made from certified organic vanilla beans.  It contains no added sugar or fructose. and is quite delicious.



  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly butter 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy medium saucepan over low heat, stirring until chocolate mixture is smooth. Cool.
  3. Using mixer, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in chocolate mixture, vanilla and salt.
  5. Add flour; beat just until blended and then toss in the walnuts.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing top.
  7. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean ( 30-35 minutes )
  8. Remove and let cool.


  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: If you do not have chocolate you can always substitute and use cocoa.  You may find that the brownie will be slightly more bitter and less smooth as well.

So I am pretty pleased it is Friday.  We are planning an apple picking day tomorrow if the weather is suitable.  The weather has been terrible the last week so hopefully it is decent for a day in the orchard.  I am sure if we make it there – there will be some apple recipes coming your way.

Ohhhhhh I almost forgot.  Today is the deadline for the POM Tea giveaway.  Be sure to enter.  Have a great weekend.

Take care


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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

This brownie looks so rich and thick…I want to try it now! It looks better than the brownie recipe I posted on my blog!


2 Joanna October 9, 2009 at 8:13 am

Very nice! I’ve been wanting to try that vanilla. I’m glad you gave it a test run and a great recommendation.



3 Pam October 9, 2009 at 9:08 am

Hey Cooking,

Glad everything is going well! Those brownies look fab!

Enjoy your apples! I like that those brownies can go gluten free easily….thanks!


4 Lizzy October 9, 2009 at 9:38 am

These cupcakes look amazing, and gluten free is a major plus!


5 Seth @ Boy Meets Food October 9, 2009 at 9:44 am

Looks good, as always. I will be eager to see the apple recipes. I just bought some the other day and have been trying to figure out what to make with them.


6 Kath October 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

how about some family photos from the orchard!


7 Danica October 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Your brownies look amazing, but, who eats them with a fork :D Kidding….LOVE the recipe as always.


8 Danica October 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

P.S. have a fabulous time apple picking – it’s so fun!


9 J@ Whole Body Love October 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm

That is very similar to my grandma’s recipe for walnut brownies. I swear walnuts and real vanilla extract make for the perfect brownie!


10 [Blocked by CFC] Gina October 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I’m going apple picking tomorrow too!! hopefully it doesn’t rain. Have a great time.


11 sue October 9, 2009 at 7:20 pm

yummm…brownies…i’ve never made them from scratch…maybe it’s time to give it a try!


12 Jocelyn October 11, 2009 at 12:22 am

I thought you would do a thanksgiving post since you are Canadian! :P :P but those brownies do look good!


13 Joanne October 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

The brownie looks great.
I was wondering about some web site help. Do you still do that?


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