Friday, December 23, 2011

Salted Fudge Brownies

 I wasn't really sure at first glance about these brownies. Salted?...really? But I quickly found out that with just the right amount of sweetness and saltiness, it can make for the perfect snack.  Every time I would bite into them i would at first get that sweet fudgy taste but then out of nowhere I would bite into the sea salt and my mouth was heaven.  The sweet and the salt what a perfect balance, like yin and yang!

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 c plus 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa 
2 c granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp sea salt, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 inch baking pan.  Set aside.  Melt butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over low heat.  Once melted, remove from heat.  Slowly whisk in cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour.  Pour into prepared pan.  Smooth the top of the batter out.  Sprinkle salt over top of batter.  Taking a butter knife, swirl salt into brownie mixture.  Make sure to sprinkle a little more on top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a little batter coating it.  Cool at room temp for an hour then transfer it to the refrigerator for another hour before removing it from the pan.  After completely cooled cut and remove from pan and serve at room temp.  

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