Mmmm Caramel Brownies!

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I was going through the past posts on our blog recently, and I realized that we only have one brownie recipe! On a website called Sweet Little Brownies, there needs to be more brownie action! A friend of mine sent me the link to this Caramel Brownie recipe, and I thought it would be the perfect addition to our growing repertoire.

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The recipe is from Smitten Kitchen, which is a great blog. I once made her “100% from scratch” marinara sauce, and it was amazing! So, I was not at all hesitant to try this recipe out, and it did not disappoint! I followed the recipe and instructions exactly, and they turned out great!

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These brownies are really yummy! They’re the perfect balance between cakey and fudgey, and then you get the extra oompf from the gooey caramel. To be perfectly honest, they’re one of the best brownies I’ve ever had. The bestest brownies ever are served at a restaurant on campus, and they’re are affectionately called “Crack Brownies” by my friends and I, so I think second place to those is a bit of an achievement.

Below, I included the link to the Smitten Kitchen blog, where you can find detailed process pictures and directions.

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Thanks for coming by this week! Enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

-G

 

Caramel Brownies

From Smitten Kitchen

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/02/salted-caramel-brownies/

Makes 1 8×8 pan of brownies which you can cut into 16 2-inch squares

Caramel
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (or salted, but then ease up on the sea salt)
1/8 teaspoon table salt, more to taste
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Brownie
3 ounces (85 grams) unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
1 stick (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon table salt
2/3 cup (85 grams) all-purpose flour

Make caramel: Set a square of parchment paper over a medium-sized plate. Lightly butter or coat the parchment with a spray oil, just as an added security measure.

In a medium, dry saucepan over medium-high heat, melt your sugar; this will take about 5 minutes, stirring if necessary to break up large chunks. By the time it is all melted, if should be a nice copper color; if not, cook until it is. Remove from heat and stir in butter. It may not incorporate entirely but do your best. Stir in cream and salt and return saucepan to the stove over medium-high heat, bringing it back to a simmer and melted again any sugar that solidified. Cook bubbling caramel for a few minutes more, until it is a shade darker.

Pour out onto parchment-covered plate and transfer plate to your freezer. Freeze until solidified, which can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes in a decent freezer to 40 minutes in my terrible one.

Meanwhile, or when your caramel is almost firm, make your brownies: Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment, extending it up two sides. Butter the parchment or spray it with a nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium heatproof bowl over gently simmering water, melt chocolate and butter together until only a couple unmelted bits remain. Off the heat, stir until smooth and fully melted. You can also do this in the microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each. Whisk in sugar, then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and salt. Stir in flour with a spoon or flexible spatula.

Assemble brownies: When caramel is firm, remove it from the freezer and chop it into rough 1-inch squares. Gently fold all but a small amount of caramel bits into batter. Scrape batter into prepared pan, spreading until mostly even. Scatter remaining caramel bits on top. Bake in heated oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool thoroughly — a process that can be hastened in the freezer, which will also produce cleaner cuts — and cut into squares or other desired shapes.

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