Here is another guest post from my talented wife.
Cheesecake. Coffee. Amaretto. Who has enough brownie recipes? (We have three standbys just in our recipe scrapbook.)
Still, I have a hands down, by far favorite. One that’s so popular in fact that almost three years after it was published it’s still on the Los Angeles Times website.It was one of their top 10 recipes of 2008 and was developed by their former test kitchen director Donna Deane — wow, imagine having that job! (They have an awesome food section where you can peruse the top recipes from the last 26 years, check out other bloggers and just spend loads of time drooling.)
But back to the brownies. They’re perfect. Seriously, brownie perfection. Three kinds of chocolate with Grand Mariner to boot. The top is glossy, the inside moist and rich and dense. They always come out just right.
If you kept reading and didn’t click on the link above, here’s the recipe. While I did shorten the instructions a bit, it’s not adapted. You can’t mess with perfection, wait have I used that word already?
Midnight chocolate brownie bites
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lightly packed grated orange peel
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup best-quality cocoa
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line an eight-inch brownie pan with aluminum foil, leaving some overhang. Lightly butter foil.
In a double broiler over simmering water, melt butter and bittersweet chocolate. Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved. Off heat, stir in vanilla, Grand Marnier and orange peel.
Whisk eggs in one at a time, until completely blended.
Sift cocoa, flour and salt, then stir into the batter until blended. Fold in the chips.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until puffed and almost set. Cool while still in the pan, on a wire rack.
Using the foil, lift the brownies out of the pan and invert onto the cooling rack. Gently peel off foil and return the brownies to their original position. Cool completely. Cut into 25 squares.