Saturday, April 16, 2016

It's Brownie Time And Happy Birthday, Maxine!!!

April 16 is MyDearFriendMaxine'sBirthday.
Every year I make her brownies;
however, these are not just any brownies.

Thank you,
Kelly Jaggers of EvilShenanigans blogdom,
for the recipe.

Kelly's Brownies
(Prepared by Rosie)
3 ounces unsalted butter
2 oz. dark chocolate, at least 62%, chopped
14 oz. sugar
4 oz. sourwood honey (From Mr. Hawthorne's stash.)
3 oz. unsalted butter
3 large eggs
.75 oz. water
1 tsp espresso
1 tsp vanilla
5.25 oz. cake flour
1 oz. Dutch processed cocoa powder
1 tsp kosher salt
3 oz. chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°.
Butter a 9" x 13" baking pan with butter.
Line with buttered parchment paper.

In a small bowl, combine butter and dark chocolate.
Microwave until completely melted.
Stir until smooth and set aside to cool slightly.

Combine sugar, honey, and second portion of butter.
Mix well.

Dissolve espresso in water.
Add that along with eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture.
Mix to combine.

Stir in melted chocolate mixture and mix well.
Be sure to scrape sides and bottom of bowl well
so mixture is completely combined.

Sift dry ingredients and add them to wet mixture.
Mix until just beginning to moisten, then add in the chips.
Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated
and there are no lumps.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes,
or until center is just set.

Let cool, then slice.

Chocolate Ganache
8 oz. dark chocolate
4 oz. heavy cream
Heat cream in small pan until it just reaches a simmer.
Turn off heat and add chocolate.
Let stand for a minute, then whisk until smooth.
Let cool to room temperature, then frost brownies.

 I used a combination of dark chocolates.

Batter is mixed.

Spread batter evenly with offset spatula.

Bake until center is just set.

Prepare the ganache.

I made ganache sandwiches out of the brownies this time.

Stick a toothpick through each "sandwich"
to keep top from sliding off.

Mr. Hawthorne suggested that next time,
I make ice cream sandwiches,
ganache the outside, and freeze.
Sounds like a plan.

Thank you, Kelly,
for most excellent brownies.

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