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Birch Syrup and Walnut Brownies Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup birch syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Special equipment needed:
- 8x8 inch baking pan
- Parchment paper

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar until well combined.

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition.

5. Add the birch syrup and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.

6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.

7. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.

10. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Total time: 40-45 minutes
350°F (175°C)
Serving size:
Makes 9-12 brownies

Nutritional information:
Calories: 250
Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 7g
Cholesterol: 65mg
Sodium: 150mg
Carbohydrates: 32g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 22g
Protein: 4g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for a healthier option.
- If you don't have birch syrup, you can use maple syrup or honey instead.
- You can use any type of nuts you like instead of walnuts.

- Add chocolate chips to the batter for extra chocolatey goodness.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the batter for a warm, spicy flavor.
- Add a tablespoon of espresso powder to the batter for a mocha twist.

Tips and tricks:
- Don't overmix the batter, or the brownies will be tough.
- Use a toothpick to check if the brownies are done. If it comes out clean, they're ready.
- Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them, or they will fall apart.
- Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Storage instructions:
Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
To reheat the brownies, place them in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 5-10 minutes, or until warm.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the brownies on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of birch syrup.

Garnish the brownies with chopped walnuts, fresh berries, or a dollop of whipped cream.

Serve the brownies with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee.

Suggested side dishes:
These brownies are perfect on their own, but you can also serve them with a side of fresh fruit or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the brownies are too dry, try adding a tablespoon of milk to the batter.
- If the brownies are too wet, try adding a tablespoon of flour to the batter.
- If the brownies are too sweet, try reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to wash your hands and all utensils thoroughly before preparing the brownies. Store them in an airtight container to prevent contamination.

Food history:
Birch syrup is a traditional ingredient in Scandinavian and Russian cuisine. It has a unique, slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with chocolate.

Flavor profiles:
These brownies are rich, chocolatey, and slightly sweet with a nutty crunch from the walnuts.

Serving suggestions:
Serve these brownies as a dessert or a sweet snack.

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Taste: Rich, Nutty, Sweet, Chocolatey, Gooey