Cardamom Brownies

Hudson Valley Culinary Director, Hari Nayak of Café Spice in New Windsor has contributed to an inspiring new cookbook  The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great, available nationally in stores and online.

January 04, 2018

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 15 cardamom pods, seeded and grounded
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 º F. Butter a 9 x 12 inch baking pan, fit the bottom with a piece of baking paper and dust the inside of the pan with flour; tap the excess flour out and set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water or a microwave oven. Remove the chocolate from the heat and cool it slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, with a flexible rubber spatula beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate. Gradually add the eggs, then add the sugar, and ground cardamom, followed by the flour and nuts, stirring using a whisk until all the ingredients are incorporated. Do not over mix.
Scrape the batter into the baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The top of the cake will be dry, but a knife inserted in the center will come out wet. Transfer the pan on a cooling rack and allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and remove the brownies and baking paper, cut the brownies and serve.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 15 cardamom pods, seeded and grounded
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
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