Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mocha Brownies

A friend of mine had a few people over last night, and I made some brownies to bring. My friend is known for liking coffee flavored things, so I decided on mocha flavored. Some quick google searching took me to Martha’s recipe. I made it almost exactly as Martha’s recipe called for, but I added a teaspoon of extra coffee extract, and some chocolate chunks. All of the chocolate I used (the melted and chunks) came from the same big Trader Joe’s pound plus dark chocolate bar (my favorite for baking, and eating, and anything else chocolate is needed in). I did make it in a 8x8 pan, since I didn’t have a 9x9 pan to use. The result was some very tall brownies, but they tasted great.

Mocha Chunk Brownies

Makes a 9x9 pan

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
16 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped, divided
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp coffee extract1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter. Line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the two sides. Butter paper, and set pan aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. Place butter and half the chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes; remove bowl from pan.

4. Add sugar to the chocolate and mix to combine. Add eggs, and mix to combine, followed by the coffee extract. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened (do not overmix). Add instant espresso powder and remaining chocolate chunks. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top.

5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Using paper overhang, lift brownies out of pan; transfer to a rack to cool completely (still on paper). On a cutting board, using a dampened serrated knife, cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.

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