Monday, November 2, 2015

Absolute BEST Brownies~ Secret Recipe Club

These chewy, fudgey and decadent brownies are sure to cure even the toughest sweet tooth!

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from one another's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to learn about a new blogger every month! I really enjoy seeing who had my blog and to see what recipe they chose to make! It reminds me of how many great recipes are on my blog and makes me want to go back and make many of them again. This month I was assigned to the Thyme for Cooking Blog. Kate is originally from Wisconsin, but has lived in Ireland, Andorra and France. Her blog is jam packed with delicious recipes and Kate shares her adventures about living in France and restoring a French farmhouse. One of my favourite parts about Kate's blog is her Weekly Meal Plan. As a fellow meal planner (I've been slacking lately though!), I love seeing what others plan for the week and getting ideas for new meals to add to mine. 

While browsing Kate's blog, I bookmarked several recipe that I wanted to try. I narrowed it down to Shrimp with Capers, Lemon and Feta on Orzo, Chicken Breast Duxelles, Pasta with Chevre, Ham and Peas, Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies and these Absolute Best Brownies. When discussing the recipes with the kids, both quickly asked if I could make the brownies. They absolutely LOVE brownies! With my Mother in Law visiting, I knew that she would also love these brownies, especially since they have nuts in them. 

The title of this recipe, does not lie. These brownies are phenomenal! They are chewy and fudgey; two things I love best about brownies. I really love the earthy flavour and crunch the nuts add to them. The ganache on top makes these brownies absolutely decadent. Perfect with a big glass of cold milk, these brownies are sure to cure even the biggest of sweet tooth!

Absolute BEST Brownies
adapted from Thyme for Cooking Blog

6 Tbs butter
8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/4 C flour
1 C assorted nuts (I used a combination of walnuts, peanuts, cashews and pistachios)
1/2 C toffee bits, separated

4 oz dark chocolate
1/2 C heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper. 

In a sauce pot, melt the butter. Turn heat to low and add in 8 oz chocolate, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and the sugar and vanilla; stir well. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the flour and beat vigorously for 1-2 minutes; until batter is shiny and smooth. Fold in the nuts and pour into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with 1/4 C toffee bits; lightly pressing them into the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes; until almost set. (DO NOT OVER-BAKE)

Cool brownies completely in pan. Place remaining 4oz chocolate, in a mixing bowl. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan, until bubbles form around the edges. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let sit 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

Pour ganache over the cooled brownies and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with remaining toffee bits. Let glaze set, before cutting and serving.


Katie Zeller said...

I'm so glad you liked them. I make them often - and they are requested often LOL. Plus they're easy (I like easy)

Sarah said...

I love brownies. Any kind. These look amazing!

Cheese with Noodles said...

I'm pretty sure my husband would LOVE these, he recently requested some that are so thick, they're cube shaped when cut into serving pieces!

pizzarossa.me said...

Oooh, I love a good brownie so I'll have to try this recipe!

Chit Chat Chomp said...

Wow, these look amazing. :)

Lydia Filgueras said...

What's not to like about these brownies? They look magnificent!

Janette@culinaryginger said...

This is the perfect treat, a nice piece of brownie and some cold milk. They look so good.