• 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
• 2 1/4 sticks (9 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 4 large eggs
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 15 cardamom pods, seeded and ground
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 1/4 cups pecans, lightly roasted and coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°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 in a microwave oven. Remove the chocolate from the heat and cool 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 the sugar and cardamom, followed by the flour and nuts, stirring using a whisk until all the ingredients are incorporated. Do not beat or aerate.
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 unmold the brownies, remove the baking paper, cut the brownies and serve.