Well, I began by making the brownies (from scratch). Somehow my magazine page flipped and I made the wrong brownie recipe (for Hazelnut Brownies) which was double the size of the recipe I intended to make. No problem. I discovered my mistake and decided to adjust the recipe using the brownie mix I just made up. This turned out to be the best mistake I had made in awhile. These brownies are definitely rich, so next time I make them for our family I will probably halve the recipe or find someone else to give the extra brownies to. This week, I just kept six of the brownies and we took the rest of the brownies to the Co-op b/c the men there have been working 60 - 80 hour weeks b/c of harvest so we thought they may enjoy a sweet pick me up.
Here is the recipe:1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used bread flower b/c that's all I had other than wheat).
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture and mix well. Spread into a greased 13 in. x 9 in. x 2 in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
For filling, combine cream and coffee granules in a small bowl; stir until coffee is dissolved. In a small mixing bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar. Add coffee mixture; beat until creamy. Spread over cooled brownies.
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups heavy whipping cream
In a small saucepan, combine chips and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened. Cool slightly. Carefully spread over filling. Let stand for 30 minutes or until glaze is set. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.
I actually put it in the refrigerator overnight (this helped the brownies hold their shape when I cut them) before cutting it into squares. Then I used my pizza cutter so I could get a clean straight cut. To add to the attraction of the brownies on Friday I plan to place a coffee bean on top of each brownie.
Hope you try these delicious brownies.