Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Espresso Dark Chocolate Brownies



After years of baking and savoring brownies, I can truthfully say, with complete confidence, that these are The Best Brownies I've Ever Tasted
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With explosive notes of espresso beans, as rich and full as though you had just savored a freshly brewed espresso at a sidewalk cafe, deepened by the rich, captivating, sensual notes of dark chocolate, these brownies are truly a journey in chocolate and coffee, the paradigm of mocha perfection...





Espresso Dark Chocolate Brownies


3/4 cup butter or light vegan margarine (such as SmartBalance Light)
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 cups raw turbinado sugar
1 T instant espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao)

~ Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan with parchment paper, and coat the paper with olive oil cooking spray.
~ In the microwave or on the stove-top over low heat, melt the butter or SmartBalance Light along with the unsweetened chocolate, stirring until smooth.
~ Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat, if you're using the stove-top, and whisk in the turbinado sugar, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt.
~ Add the eggs 1 at a time, whisking after each addition.
~ Toss together the flour and dark chocolate chips in another bowl and then add them to batter, folding them in until just combined.
~ Spread the batter in the baking pan, and bake for about 20 minutes - until the top is set and the edges just begin to pull away from sides of pan.
~ Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing and savoring!



Soundtrack for the day's commute: Deep Forest, Comparsa

On the blog this time last year: Whole Wheat Couscous Salad!

I am honored to send this post to one of my blogging heroes, Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, who is hosting this month's Sugar High Fridays, with the glorious theme of Bar Cookies! I absolutely can't wait for Susan's amazing roundup, especially as everything Susan posts is graced with her gorgeous, talented, loving flair!

18 comments:

Mama said...

Thank you! :)

sophia said...

Mmm....dark and delicious and rich, all right! Looks freaking fantastic!

bellini valli said...

Espresso and dark chocolate take the brownie to a whole new level Astra.

Priti said...

Love the combo...looks delicious

MelindaRD said...

Awww, those look amazing. Nice work!

Lele said...

Need. Immediately. What is it about coffee flavor that makes chocolate a bazillion times more delicious? One of life's wonderful mysteries.

Trying To Heal said...

those look amazing! i might have ot make those for my brother for his college graduation this weekend!

the twins said...

yum, brownies! and the dark chocolate sounds so good.

Johanna GGG said...

well the brownies look delicious but even more so when I read that the recipe came from your mum - that makes it extra special - glad you had a nice time away and even more pleased you could come back to these brownies

Joanne said...

Seeing as how I'm a coffee addict, these would totally rock my world!

Happy Me said...

Talk about the ultimate indulgence!! I can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing it!

stephchows said...

best ever... yum!!

mangocheeks said...

Expresso and dark chocolate. I'd want a cup of coffee with that and goodness I am all so hyper.

Faith said...

These brownies look fudgy and amazing! Dark chocolate and espresso compliment each other so well!

Hari Chandana said...

Yumm..

Susan said...

I believe you, Astra! I get a caffeine zoom just looking at them.

(These would be perfect for SHF, if you are interested. I'm hosting. No pressure, though.)

Choclette said...

Oh yum, these look like true squishy brownies AND you had the good fortune to grow up with them.

Kerstin said...

These sound so indulgent and divine - yum!