Thursday, February 10, 2011

Frosted Fudgy Brownies by Colleen

Colleen's Frosted Fudgy Brownie recipe that I made yesterday after she sent in the recipe

Hi Barb --

Re:  Brownie Bake-off

Today I made a very easy, fudgy recipe. It is very quick. And with the frosting it really is almost like fudge. I may have sent it before:  Miss Megan's Fudge Brownies.

I love the Barefoot Contessa Recipe for brownies - I use pecans instead of walnuts. If it is the one I'm thinking of it has tons of chocolate and very little flour and makes a huge pan-full. I usually cut the whole thing into quarters and freeze the sections. It keeps really well.

For adults, I really think the BC [Barefoot Contessa] brownies are the best ever. But kids tend to find them too intense and too nutty. Steve can't have too many in the evening because he can't sleep. Too much dark chocolate! I remember the first time I had them thinking that I had died and gone to heaven. They just seemed perfect.

Buddy [Elizabeth] LOVES the Fudgy Brownie recipe below. Actually all the kids do.  The texture really works for them, sans nuts. I remember HATING nuts in cookies when I was younger. I still can't get behind people who put raisins in cinnamon rolls or cookies now. Maybe when I'm 70.

I am waiting on pins and needles to find out which brownie recipe wins! I NEED this information!
   
           --Colleen

Miss Megan's Fudge Brownies with Frosting
For the brownies:
Four ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks butter
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
Pinch salt
1 1/2 cups nuts (optional - I don't use because this is for the kids)

For the frosting:
1 stick butter
1 2/3 cups sugar
7 Tablespoons milk
1 2/3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Microwave the butter and chocolate until melted

and let cool.

Mix sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.

Add cooled chocolate/butter mixture.

Mix in flour and salt (and nuts if you are using).  

Pour into a glass 9x13 greased baking dish.
Bake 40 minutes at 300 degrees. Cool. Do not  overbake or the brownies won't be fudgy!

While brownies are cooling, make the frosting:

Combine sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan. Boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and beat in chocolate chips.

Pour over brownies - they are still  warm at this point.

Cool and cut into squares.


Sometimes I add a little espresso powder or dried coffee to either the brownie batter or the frosting. About 1/2 -1 teaspoon, depending on whether you want to just deepen the flavor or really go full "mocha." My kids don't like to taste the coffee, so I usually just add 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder to the frosting. I prefer 60% cacao chips for the frosting.

      ---Colleen

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