Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hot Chocolate Brownies

I found this recipe on Super yummy!
Hot Chocolate Brownies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup half and half or heavy cream (heated in microwave for 30 seconds)
2 Tablespoons hot chocolate mix (I used Ghiradellis)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Hershey's Dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (scant)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan (or use 11x7 inch) with foil, and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter, stirring freguently, for 6-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Stir in half and half and hot chocolate mix. Stir until well combined. Remove from heat.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.In a large bowl, combine sugars, egg, and vanilla, and beat together, using an electric mixer on high speed, for 2 minutes.Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually add melted butter/hot chocolate mixture, and beat 1 additional minute. Gradually beat in flour, until just combined.

Spread batter into pan, and bake at 350 degrees F, for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool on a wire rack, or do what I did: Cool pan in an ice-water bath; when cool, freeze the pan for an hour or two in the freezer. I think this process gives brownies a better texture.

To make the ganache, heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, until hot, but not boiling. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and chocolate chips, until well combined and smooth. Pour the ganache over the top of the cooled brownies. Freeze or chill, until set, before slicing.

*Another option: I froze the brownies for 20 minutes, frosted and cooled at room temp. These are heavenly!*


Carol said...

Thanks Ang! These brownies look so good. How can you lose with hot cocoa, huh? I'm so excited to try them.

Carol said...

Oh my heavens! These are incredible!! Thanks, Ang, for the great recipe. You rock at desserts!

Jolene said...

These are the BEST brownies ever. Love them. Thanks for sharing.